MMAFrenzy’s coverage of UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3 continues with our recap of tonight’s middleweight scrap between Olympic silver medalist Yoel Romero and Ronny Markes. In the end, Romero would earn the the victory in the Brazil vs. Cuba matchup.
Romero Flattens Markes
Olympic silver medalist Yoel Romero would improve to 6-1 with a devastating knockout of Ronny Markes tonight in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The two fighters engaged in a hard-hitting back and forth battle before Romero landed a vicious overhand left that floored Markes in the third round. Romero is now 2-0 since coming over from Strikeforce, and is likely going to get a bump in competition for his next fight. The loss snaps a seven-fight win streak for Ronny Markes, including his formerly perfect UFC record.
Rd. 1- Touch of gloves and we’re off. Legkicks by both men to start the fight. Body kick by Markes. Markes catches a kick and scores a takedown but Romero works right back up. Hard left by Romero lands and he lands another combo off a break. Romero slips on kick and and Markes tries to dive in but Romero is gone when he gets there. Nice combo by Romero. Markes with a clinch after taking a punch and he secures a trip takedown. Markes tries use a kimura but Romero explodes out and escapes. Romero with a hard left on the escape too. Another hard left off a feint by Romero. Romero tries a takedown after a legkick and slips off. MMAFrenzy has the opening round 10-9 Romero.
Rd. 2- Romero backs him off to start the round and lands a hard body kick after evading some strikes. Hard knee by Romero and more hard strikes. Markes slips after taking a hard strike. Romero fakes a spin and lands a hard knee to the body. Foot sweep by Romero but he lets Markes stand. Hard lefts by Romero. Another vicious left by Romero and Markes tries another takedown that’s stuffed easily. Leg kick to a nasty body kick drops Ronny Markes. Romero isn’t diving in though and lets him back up. Axe kick by Romero misses. Markes with a flying knee that misses and he is trying to push the pace finally. Body kick by Markes. Another hard straight left by Romero. Markes with a hard right right as the clapper sounds. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Romero (20-18)
Rd. 3- Markes comes out swinging but then misses a takedown. Accidental poke. Nasty lefts from Romero wobble Markes but he stays up after trying a takedown. Body shot by Romero. Left-right hooks to the body by Romero. MASSIVE overhand left destroys Markes and Romero lands one hammerfist to get the referee to step in. Wow.
Yoel Romero def. Ronny Markes via KO (strikes) at 1:39 of Round 3