Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman made his return against #4 ranked Yoel Romero at UFC 205 in his home state of New York. Romero won the fight with a third-round flying knee knockout.
At the opening bell, the two met in the center of the cage, Romero in a southpaw stance and Weidman orthodox. Weidman threw several leg and body kicks that grazed Romero and Romero answered back with a hard, clean body kick. Weidman then attempted a takedown, which was defended by Romero, who is an Olympic freestyle wrestling silver medalist. The round ended after a few striking combinations were exchanged with the most significant landed being body kicks and teeps landed by the former champion.
In the second round, Weidman continued by mixing it up striking combinations, feints, and takedown attempts against the less active, relaxed Romero. Towards the end of the round, Romero scored a takedown and followed up with ground and pound.
After exchanging a kicks early in the third round, Romero landed a huge flying knee which knocked out Weidman. The fight was stopped 24 seconds into the round.
Following the biggest win of his career, in what was a #1 contender bout, Romero called out middleweight champion Michael Bisping who was in the arena at the analyst booth.
“I love you. See you soon, boy,” Romero said as Bisping gave him the middle finger from across the arena. “You know me, I’m the real champion, boy. You know me.”