Other Sport

Rockhold to face Romero in first title defence

2015-12-23 20:43
Luke Rockhold (supplied)

Cape Town - According to Malki Kawa, MMA agent and CEO of First Round Management,  the first UFC Middleweight Title defence for Luke Rockhold will be against #2 Yoel Romero.

The statement was made in the following tweet from Kawa:

"Romero will fight for the title "@FrontRowBrian:, @superCalo people talking about Romero fighting Rockhold. He didn't finish a future hOf'er with 1 punch. Nate did. He gets title shot"

While the UFC has yet to officially announce the matchup, Kawa, a representative of some of the biggest names in the UFC, is about as reliable of a source you can get according to Nick Strickland from MMALatestNews.com.

Luke Rockhold earned the right to be called Champion after his impressive TKO stoppage over Chris Weidman at UFC 194.

After the bout which earned the Fight of the Night honor, Rockhold expressed a desire to meet fourth-ranked Vitor Belfort to avenge his TKO loss back in 2013.

“Vitor Belfort on a silver platter would be a beautiful thing,” Rockhold stated at the UFC 194 post-fight press conference. However, from a rankings standpoint, Yoel Romero is the clear-cut number one contender after emerging victorious over third-ranked Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in a closely contested battle on the same night Rockhold would hear Bruce Buffer say, “and NEW!”

Rockhold is currently on a five-fight winning streak, whereas Romero has won seven straight.  

With Chris Weidman out of the conversation for an immediate rematch, the middleweight title picture is almost as clear as it can get. Rockhold knew the Romero fight was imminent as he stated at the UFC 194 post presser, “That fight will happen. Me and Yoel will have to fight. We know this is coming.”

Read more on:    ufc  |  mma

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Floyd 'Money' Mayweather v Conor 'The Notorious' McGregor ... who've you got in Saturday's mega fight?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.