No. 6-ranked Yoel Romero upset No. 4-ranked Lyoto Machida with an impressive third round TKO victory Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 70 in Hollywood, Florida.
But his win was overshadowed by some controversial post-fight comments that he later clarified in the post-fight press conference.
Lorenz Larkin and Santiago Ponzinibbio secured Fight-of-the-Night honours, while Romero and Thiago Santos earned performance-of-the-night. They each earned a $50,000 USD bonus.
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MMA Crossfire Expert Kenai Andrews checks in.
HACRAN DIAS VS LEVAN MAKASHVILLI
WINNER: HACRAN DIAS VIA SPLIT-DECISION (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: HACRAN DIAS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Not a barnburner of a fight, but the fight was closer than I expected, thanks to Makashvilli’s performance.
THIAGO SANTOS VS STEVE BOSSE
WINNER: THIAGO SANTOS VIA TKO VIA TKO R1 0:29
ANDREWS PREDICTION: THIAGO SANTOS VIA TKO
Andrews: Santos caught Bosse with a highlight-reel headkick. Bosse will look at the tape, correct his footwork and will be back. In the meantime, great win for Santos.
ANTONIO CARLOS JUNIOR VS EDDIE GORDON
WINNER: ANTONIO CARLOS JUNIOR VIA SUBMISSION
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANTONIO CARLOS JUNIOR VIA SUBMISSION R3 4:37
Andrews: As expected, ACJ took the fight to the ground and then worked the rear naked choke. Now, if he can be more consistent, good things will follow. Good win for ACP.
SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO VS LORENZ LARKIN
WINNER: LORENZ LARKIN VIA TKO R2 2:07
ANDREWS PREDICTION: LORENZ LARKIN VIA TKO
Andrews: Santiago had his opportunities to put away Larkin, but got caught with some stiff shots that forced referee Herb Dean to wave off the fight.
#4 LYOTO “THE DRAGON” MACHIDA (22-6-0) VS #6 “SOLDIER OF GOD” YOEL ROMERO (9-1-0)
WINNER: YOEL ROMERO VIA TKO R3 1:38
ANDREWS PREDICTION: LYOTO MACHDIA VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: The puzzle of Lyoto Machida was cracked long ago, but Yoel’s smash mouth method solidifies one more method to put away The Dragon. Excellent win for Romero and one must now wonder how far away the 37-year-old Machida is from calling it a career.