Luke Rockhold reacts to UFC 221 knockout loss: Yoel Romero 'made of steel'

Luke Rockhold chose to take the high road in the wake of his knockout loss to Yoel Romero in the UFC 221 main event.

Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) was unable to claim the interim UFC middleweight title on Saturday when he suffered a third-round knockout loss against Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) in the UFC 221 headliner, which took place at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia, Australia and aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

The former 185-pound titleholder arguably held the upper hand in the bout before he was caught with a fight-ending series of strikes. It marked Rockhold’s second loss in his past three fights and leaves him in a precarious position going forward.

Rockhold did not speak to the media following UFC 221, but he did take to social media to offer a brief statement which included praise for Romero (via Twitter):

Rockhold was originally schedule to fight Robert Whittaker for the undisputed title at UFC 221. “The Reaper” withdrew due to injury, though, and Romero stepped in. Romero missed weight for the fight, but according to UFC President Dana White, will still receive a title shot.

For complete coverage of UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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