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Yoel Romero Misses Weight, Screws Us Yet Again

Yoel Romero, the Cuban Olympic wrestler who earned a slot in the main event of UFC 221 tonight by being a badass, has screwed us all yet again.

Yoel Romero missed weight.

That means that the bout, which was against former champ Luke Rockhold for the interim belt, is no longer a championship bout on Romero’s end. If he wins, he gets a “W”; if Rockhold wins, Rockhold gets the interim belt.

For a while there, after Romero capped off his weight cut with an official weight of 188 pounds (185 is the limit), there wasn’t even a main event fight anymore. But Rockhold agreed to face Romero anyway.

Look, fights are all about violence, but that violence means nothing when the stakes aren’t high. You know what makes a bout have high stakes? A championship belt up for grabs. You know what makes a bout lose those high stakes? When it’s no longer a championship bout for all parties involved.

Our boy Luke sums it all up perfectly in a tweet:

Thankfully, Rockhold agreed to still face Romero, so UFC 221 still has a main event.

So where does this leave us with Romero?

In a bad place. Homeboy is an explosive finisher, as evidenced by him taking out former champ Chris Weidman at UFC 205. We love those kinds of fighters. But here are all the ways that Romero has been shady as hell:

  • When he fought Tim Kennedy at UFC 178, he was very nearly finished, but somehow weaseled his way to get extra time to recover via his cornerman not leaving the cage quick enough.
  • He loves to fail drug tests.
  • Did I mention his problem with drug tests?

Romero failed in his bid to win the interim middleweight title once already, courtesy of Rob Whittaker’s unerring striking and unwavering game plan. But with Whittaker sidelined by injuries, this UFC 221 main event bout was supposed to be important.

Now whatever happens is overshadowed by Yoel Romero letting us down.

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UFC 204 ‘Embedded’ video, Ep. 2: Hendo screws a fan, ‘Count’ hits the zen room

UFC 204 is all set to pop off this weekend (Sat., Oct. 8, 2016) from inside Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, as Michael Bisping defends his middleweight title against longtime rival Dan Henderson in the five-round pay-per-view (PPV) main event.

That means the promotion has rattled off another round of “Embedded” pre-fight video blogs featuring “The Count” and “Hendo” making last-minute preparations for this Saturday night’s big she-bang, which also features “Prelims” bouts on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

From the official YouTube description:

On Episode 2 of UFC 204 Embedded, middleweight title challenger Dan Henderson spends time with a fan in California before heading to Manchester for fight week, and middleweight champion Michael Bisping embarks on his homecoming journey. Dutch middleweight Gegard Mousasi shows off one of his real estate projects, Mousasi’s opponent Vitor Belfort gets a pre-workout massage, and the event headliners get acclimated to the UK. UFC 204 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the world middleweight championship at UFC 204, taking place Saturday, October8 on Pay-Per-View.

Click here to watch episode one.

In the UFC 204 co-main event, former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi will try to insert himself back into the middleweight title hunt against former two-division UFC titleholder Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort.

To see who else is fighting at the upcoming UFC 204 pay-per-view (PPV) event click here.

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UFC screws Ben Rothwell, books Stipe Miocic vs Andrei Arlovski for UFC 195 co-main event

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender Stipe Miocic suffered an injury earlier this month and was forced to withdraw from his Ben Rothwell fight at UFC Fight Night 76, happening this Saturday (Oct. 24, 2015) in Dublin, Ireland.

As a result, the promotion has rewarded him with a UFC 195 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event against Andrei Arlovski, which takes place on Sat., Jan. 2, 2016, inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

No love for “Big Ben.”

Arlovski (25-10, 1 NC) is likely one win away from a division title shot, having racked up six straight victories since 2013. Perhaps the same can finally be said for the fan-less Miocic (13-2), who is coming off a technical knockout win over the venerable Mark Hunt back in  May.

Fun fight … early prediction?

UFC 195 will feature the welterweight title bout between reigning champion Robbie Lawler and former interim titleholder Carlos Condit. Expect additional fight card announcements in the coming days.

For ticket information click here.

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Mark Hunt: I have 12 screws in my hand after ‘pretty good’ fight with Bigfoot

Just three days after fighting Antonio Silva in what is being talked about as one of the greatest UFC heavyweight fights of all time, Mark Hunt graciously appeared on the MMA Hour to discuss it.

And, not surprisingly, the laid-back New Zealander downplayed the 25 minutes of action that took place in Brisbane on Friday night, action that the general public has been gushing over all weekend.

“I just thought it was a normal fight,” the “Super Samoan” told host Ariel Helwani. “It was pretty good…I thought it was pretty good.”

“Normal” and “pretty good” don’t begin to describe the teetering encounter of the UFC Fight Night 33 headlining bout, where both fighters had the other in serious jeopardy on various occasions. The drama only escalated throughout the fight, and yet each man — bloodied and battered — was still standing after each round.

In the end, the judges scored the bout a majority draw, which — contrary to usual fight game taste — many felt was just. What mystified some people, though, was that the fifth and final round was scored a 10-8 for Hunt to force the draw, rather than the third round, which felt like a more definitive example of a 10-8 round.

In either case, both Hunt and Silva got their arms raised. And three days removed from that decision, Hunt himself was totally fine with it.

“I think we both put our hearts out there and we did pretty well,” he said. “I really didn’t mind a draw anyway. We both had our moments in the fight, so it really doesn’t matter to me. I mean, ‘Bigfoot’ popped me and I popped him, so…I wasn’t at all mad about it being a draw. I was sort of like, okay, I can deal with that. I thought it was a good call, the draw.”

The obvious question on people’s mind after a memorable fight that was left unresolved is whether or not there would be an immediate rematch. Hunt, who broke his left hand in two places at some point during the fight and will be sidelined for the first half of 2014, said he wouldn’t refuse a rematch.

But then again, given his druthers, the 39-year old fighter said his one-time training partner and friend wouldn’t be his top choice to see again.

“Well, I wouldn’t like to fight [Silva] again because basically I didn’t want to fight him to start,” he said. “But I’m an employee here [with the UFC] and this is my business.

“I’m out for a while, my metacarpal bones are broken. But whatever they put in front of me to fight, I’m there. I’m always in there for a battle, that’s for sure. I’ve got my dreams. I want to be the best fighter on the planet.”

Hunt said he had feared that he broke his leg in the second round of the battle, and was clearly affected when Silva landed a leg kick. He also thought that he might have broken his right hand, as well, but it turns out both were ultimately okay.

“I just remember I couldn’t hold Bigfoot down,” he said. “In the clinch I couldn’t grab him and I thought, ‘oh my gosh.’”

But his left hand wasn’t so fortunate. He broke it in two places at some point during the fight, though he couldn’t remember when. The metacarpal bones on the thumb and the forefinger are broken, and Hunt will be forced to sit out for as long as it takes to heal.

When asked how long he thought he’d be out for, Hunt didn’t sound overly optimistic that he’d return anytime soon.

“The doctor said it would be six months before I could start hitting anything again,” he said. “I have like 12 screws in my hand.”

Hunt did say that he would test it in three months to see where things were at.

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