Saturday night turned out to be a bloody affair for the American favorite Chris Weidman. A straight second loss of his career, Weidman was left with a bruised head and deflated confidence.
The middleweight bout against much older Yoel Romero at the Madison Square Garden in New York ended in boos and whistles from the crowd and a conspicuous “middle-finger” from Michael Bisping.
Yoel Romero, a former Olympic wrestler is a prodigious figure inside and outside the ring. Entering the ring after a drug suspension, the Cuban took down Chris Weidman in Round 3 of UFC 205 after leveling with him 19-all at the end of Round 2. The former UFC Middleweight champion and world Number #3, Weidman started on a rather dull mode, even as Romero was at his punching best. Blame the slow start on the neck injury that Weidman carried into the match. The first round belonged to Weidman 10-9.
In the third round, Romero, known for his aggressive stance, knocked out Weidman with a Flying Knee hit in the 24th second. Once down, Weidman was lashed with a flurry of left-right-left punches on the injured head, jaw and neck.
The match might have ended well with Romero, but the boos and jeers from the crowd was something he never expected. And when the camera panned to Michael Bisping, it was mayhem as usual. In his neat and clean formal outing, Bisping booed and showed thumbs down to Romero. Taking the mike from the presenter, Romero retaliated; Bisping, in his nonchalant persona, raised his middle finger and “syringed” it onto his buttocks. The “Soldier of God” was handed a 6-month drug suspension in April by USADA for testing positive on Ibutamoren.
Michael Bisping gave Yoel Romero a thumbs down followed by a middle finger after Romero's win. pic.twitter.com/gqDr30cK4m
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 13, 2016
So far, there has been no report on what is the extent of head injury suffered by Chris Weidman. Hopefully, the “All American” will be back to Octagon very soon.
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