Yoel Romero's lightning-quick power has always been his most dangerous weapon.
And rarely was that on more frightening display than on Saturday night.
Early in the third round of his UFC 205 middleweight matchup with Chris Weidman, Romero landed one of the most brutal running knees you'll ever see in the Octagon. That was enough to ruin the former champion's hometown fight and give Romero the KO victory at 24 seconds of the third round at New York's Madison Square Garden.
"I trained very hard. Doesn't matter what goes on in my life, I go forward," Romero said after his eighth consecutive victory. "What God has given me."
Weidman (13-2) took the opening round, picking his spots with solid strikes and landing takedowns.
The controversial Romero, who is coming off a USADA suspension for tainted supplements, had to be toweled off by the referee before the start of the second round. While that was a little sketchy, there was nothing sketchy about his performance in the round, as he turned the fight in his favor with a lighting-fast trip, then dominated the round from there.
In the opening seconds of the third, Weidman shot for a takedown and walked straight into the brutal knee to the side of the head, ending the fight and sending Weidman to his second consecutive loss.
After the bout, Romero traded barbs with middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who was in a private suite. Bisping flipped off Romero, who replied: "I love you, Mike. You see now the real champion. I love you Mike."