Yoel Romero has shown scary power during his UFC tenure.
The American Top Team fighter showed off his ferocious striking abilities again on Wednesday night. But he also showed heart and tenacity in shaking off two bad rounds before finishing off Derek Brunson in a middleweight contest at UFC Fight Night 35.
Brunson got the best of Romero in the first round of their bout at the Gwinnett Center in suburban Atlanta. He landed a brutal head kick which Romero somehow survived. Most surprisingly, Brunson outwrestled Romero, a 2000 Olympic silver medalist for Cuba in that sport.
Round two included an odd break for a low blow of a punch, an overhand right which landed low on Brunson. Brunson then came out and dominated the rest of the round in similar fashion to the first.
While Romero appeared to be tiring, he came out strong in round three and took the fight to Brunson. Vicious rights dropped Brunson to the canvas. A huge series of punches and elbows were followed by elbows to the midsection, as the referee took his sweet time stopping the fight. The end finally came at 3:23 of the third.
Romero (7-1) is now 3-0 in the UFC, with all his wins via KO/TKO. He was asked if the fight was stopped late.
"I try to win the fight, I don't try to put too much damage on my opponent, but if the referee doesn't stop it, I must keep going."