UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero just continues adding victories over former mixed martial arts champions to his resume.
The No. 4 ranked middleweight contender earned a technical knockout victory over former titlist Chris Weidman at the 4:35 mark of the third round of their UFC 205 bout at Madison Square Garden in New York City Saturday night.
With Weidman, a native of Baldwin, New York, shooting in for a takedown attempt, Romero threw a flying knee with his left leg that landed to the head and downed his opponent.
After regaining his balance following the collision, Romero landed a vicious right hand to Weidman’s left ear/temple. On their way to the canvas, Romero’s knee contacted the back of Weidman’s head, which further dazed the former champion.
Then, Romero followed up with a sharp left-handed punch and two more with his right before finishing the bout with alternating rights and lefts that forced the referee’s stoppage.
To celebrate the victory, Romero sprinted to his corner, leapt over the cage and soaked up the crowd’s reaction.
In succession, Romero has beaten Lyoto Machida, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Weidman, all of whom have been middleweight or light heavyweight champions in the UFC or Strikeforce.
Romero has won eight straight fights, all of which have come under the UFC banner. He last lost a fight to Rafael Cavalcante via a knockout in a Strikeforce show on September 10, 2011.