Yoel Romero vs. Derek Brunson
Round 1: They fighters touch gloves. Romero circles on the outside. Brunson lands a left hand. Romero rushes in with a left hand and a flying knee. Brunson secures a takedown. Romero quickly gets to his feet. Brunson lands a right hand. He moves in with a left hand. Romero moving forward now as Brunson circles on the outside. Brunson lands a high kick flush. Romero eats it and moves forward. Romero lands to the body. Romero switches stances. He inches forward and lands an uppercut. Romero leaps in with a flying knee and secures a takedown. Brunson gets to his feet and lands a right hand that knocks Romero down. Romero uses the momentum and rolls back to his feet. Romero works for a kimura and Brunson powers him to the ground. Romero gets to his feet. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Brunson.
Round 2: Romero moving forward. Brunson appears to be the faster fighter. Romero goes to the body with a right hand. It lands low and Brunson is given time to recover. The fight is restarted. Romero is throwing bombs but missing. Brunson steps in with a solid elbow. Brunson looks for a takedown but Romero sprawls. Romero goes to the body. He clinches and lands a jumping knee to the body. Brunson takes the fight to the ground. He works in half guard. Romero throwing short shots from the bottom. Brunson gets his leg free and advances to the mount position. Romero throwing from the bottom. He gets back to half guard. Romero scrambles to his feet. They separate. Brunson looks for a takedown. Romero shakes off the attempt. Romero lands a right hand to the body. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Brunson.
Round 3: Romero takes the center of the cage. Brunson circles on the outside. He looks for a takedown, but Romero stuffs it. Romero can’t get the fight to the ground. He continues to move forward. Brunson controls the distance with leg kicks and front kicks. Romero lands a left hand. He pressures Brunson. He lands a left hand that staggers Brunson. Brunson fires back with a right hand. Romero delivers a combination. Brunson is hurt. Romero lands a left hand that knocks Brunson down. Romero lands right hands. The referee is looking closely at Brunson. Romero lands elbows. he lands a series of elbows to the body. He continues to deliver elbows to the body and the referee stops the fight. Romero comes from behind to win.
The official time of the technical knockout was 3:23 of the third round.