UPDATE: Yoel Romero defeated Lyoto Machida via TKO in round 3!
Lyoto Machida vs Yoel Romero (also known as UFC Fight Night 70) is a UFC MMA event being held on June 27, 2015 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
While the 37-year-old in Lyoto seems to be slowly declining, Romero clearly isn't on the same level as any of the fighters he has (legitimately) lost to. He has fight ending power, but I expect Machida to be by far the better fighter here. I believe it's his fight to lose, and I'm quite surprised there are this many people picking a guy who got blasted by Tim Kennedy and is getting a massive step up in competition. He will control distance and pick Romero apart on three rounds, likely ending with a late stoppage. Lyoto Machida by TKO.
Machida wins this if Romero is content to keep being as hittable as he has been in the past. But otherwise? Even taking into account how bad the Phil Davis decision was, Machida has been consistently losing to guys who are able to physically overwhelm him. That would mean Jones, Davis, Weidman, and Rockhold. I don't trust Romero to overpower Machida over the course of 5 rounds because I'm not sold on his cardio holding up in 4 and 5, but he definitely has the pure punching power to turn Machida's lights off. I'm gambling on Romero to avoid getting flustered by Machida's timing and striking and ultimately finding a home for his power shots to drop The Dragon once and for all. Oh, and insert your urine vs. feces joke here. Yoel Romero by TKO, round 2.
Full Fight Card:
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Lyoto Machida vs. Yoel Romero
Welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Lorenz Larkin
Middleweight Antônio Carlos Júnior vs. Eddie Gordon
Middleweight Thiago Santos vs. Steve Bossé
Featherweight Hacran Dias vs. Levan Makashvili
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Welterweight Alex Oliveira def. Joe Merritt Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Catchweight (174 lbs) Leandro Silva def. Lewis Gonzalez Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Tony Sims def. Steve Montgomery KO (punches)
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