A broken leg wasn't all Romero dealt with in the lead up to the fight, however, as he also failed to make weight on Friday, which is why he isn't leaving Australia as the new UFC interim middleweight champion. "The Soldier of God" was therefore ineligible to win the interim belt.
The win is a particularly impressive one for Jumeau who handed Abe his first career loss.
"If it were not for the mess up on the weight, he (Romero) would have had the interim belt".
In the second, Romero rushed his man early and fired a barrage of shots that pinned Rockhold against the fence but the Cuban didn't land anything really hurtful and Rockhold was eventually able to find an escape route, allowing him to take things back into the centre of the cage.
Rockhold, ranked No. 2, was expecting to put on a better showing than his last fight, when he earned a second-round TKO over David Branch at UFC Fight Night in Pittsburgh on September 16.
It's a shame Yoel Romero didn't make weight, otherwise he'd be leaving Australia with UFC gold. Tuivasa is now 7-0 as a professional, with all wins by knockout, including two with the UFC. I want to play my game. He wore down Hunt over three rounds and extended his unbeaten streak to four fights. I put a show on for them. "I just knew he wasn't going to go real low on my legs, so ripped it off and I tried to take the arm home with me". "I'm not necessarily sure exactly what went wrong", Romero said. "I let myself down in the third round last time".
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After a tentative opening round, Romero, a Miami resident by way of Cuba, picked up the pace in the second, darting into range and landing punches in bunches on Rockhold (16-4), a former UFC and Strikeforce champ from Santa Cruz, Calif.
- Curtis Blaydes def. Mark Hunt, heavyweights, unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27).
Jake Matthews followed it up by delivering his most complete and impressive performance to date, surviving a nasty eye gauge to sweep the scorecards against Li Jingliang.
The main card, which kicks off with a light-heavyweight bout between Tyson Pedro and Saparbek Safarov, commences at 3:00am BST.
The fireworks came just before that bout though, when two more unknown heavyweights in Tai Tuivasa and Cyril Asker battled it out.