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UFC Fight Night 70: Machida vs. Romero (6/27/2015) - Hollywood, FL (Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino)


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UFC Fight Night 70: Machida vs. Romero

June 27, 2015

Hollywood, FL (Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino)


Lyoto Machida (186) vs. Yoel Romero (186) - Romero, KO (elbows), R3 (1:38)

Lorenz Larkin (170.5) vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio (170.5) - Larkin, TKO (strikes), R2 (3:07)

Antônio Carlos Júnior (185) vs. Eddie Gordon (184.5) - Carlos Júnior, SUB (rear naked choke), R3 (4:37)

Steve Bossé (185.5) vs. Thiago Santos (185.5) - Santos, KO (head kick), R1 (0:29)

Hacran Dias (145.5) vs. Levan Makashvili (145) - Dias, DEC (split)


Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card:

Alex Oliveira (170) vs. Joey Merritt (169) - Oliveira, DEC (unanimous)


Fox Sports 2 Preliminary Card:

Leandro Silva (170) vs. Lewis Gonzalez (174)* - Silva, DEC (unanimous)

Steve Montgomery (170) vs. Tony Sims (170) - Sims, TKO (punches), R1 (2:43)

Sirwan Kakai (135.5) vs. Danny Martinez (135.5) - Kakai, DEC (unanimous)


*Chose not to reweigh; forfeits 20% of purse for missing weight


Event Bonuses ($50,000):

Performance of the Night: Thiago Santos

Performance of the Night: Yoel Romero

Fight of the Night: Lorenz Larkin vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio


Attendance: 5,604

Rating: 909,000 viewers


Cancelled Bouts:

Hacran Dias vs. Chas Skelly - Skelly Removed Due to Illness

Erick Silva vs. Rick Story - Silva Visa Issues

Masanori Kanehara vs. Rani Yahya - Visa Issues

Nikita Krylov vs. Marcos Rogério de Lima - Visa Issues

Viscardi Andrade vs. Andreas Ståhl - Injury to Ståhl

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Eight years ago and some change, Jordan Radev almost died at the Seminole Hard Rock. So much that they turned out the lights, and he was magically teleported from the cage to never be seen on TV again.

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I mean the safe thing would be to put him in a relatively safe fight in Sep/October just so you have that option if Rockhold gets hurt. However, I am not sure how much that helps his marketability fighting guys on the Camozzi level. Romero getting injured actually helped Romero out and hurt Jacare significantly.  Romero is getting a real tough fight, but it's still a main event against a guy who might be ripe for an upset. Jacare's title shot chances went to nil once Romero got hurt, and NY was looking like it might legalize pro MMA. Now, he has to get the winner of Machida/Romero or wait at least a few more months for the next MW title fight to roll around. Definitely not a good set of circumstances considering he is the #1 contender.

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I don't want to be considered an instigator or anything but the idea of #gayjesus trending would be awesome just to see already pissed off people get really pissed off   ;)


I missed the rant, but all I know is my timeline blew up in a hurry. 

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I'm so confused but also so impressed with Romero. He looks incredible in terms of reflexes at 38, while Machida looks a shell of his former self and it's sad to see.


Another really good night of fights for the UFC. They've been consistently delivering some high quality stuff this year.

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Well, Machida won the first round. I don't think it was his age as it was Romero eating his strikes and forcing him to fight a bit lackadaisical.

He hit Romero with couple lefts that would have dropped a bunch of middleweights. Romero turned up the pressure and started landing shots as Machida was backing away. That forced Machida to abandon his kicks. The kicks set up the feints and punches. Machida thought he was going to land that one big clipping left that he just conceded Romero all the space in the cage. There was nothing to separate Machida and Romero. As a result, Romero bowled him over with that takedown and the rest is history.

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Lyoto's footwork and striking speed just seemed really labored compared to his normal (incredibly high) standards. It was still a really high level fight between two terrific athletes. I enjoyed it a lot but this ain't the same Machida of a few years ago.

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