Yoel Romero Did Not Suffer Broken Leg During Fight Against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221
Yoel Romero got some good news after visiting a local hospital in Perth, Australia on Saturday night after he believed he suffered a broken leg in his fight against Luke Rockhold
While the pain from the injury was agonizing, Romero was still happy with his performance as he knocked out Rockhold in the third round to secure a shot at middleweight champion Robert Whittaker later this year.
Following the win, Romero had to sit down on the canvas for his post fight interview before his coaches and manager had to help him out of the Octagon due to his wounded leg.
It turns out Romero didn’t suffer a broken leg but instead a deep shin bruise after blocking a pair of kicks from Rockhold in the opening round. The pain was still severe but Romero should only need a few weeks to recover before he’ll be able to get back into the gym again.
Romero’s manager confirmed the news on Sunday with additional sources close to the fighter confirming the information as well.
Can confirm @YoelRomeroMMA has no breaks in his leg, and is injury free… everything came back ok. Looking forward to Robert Whitaker getting healthy and making that fight in the summer
— malki kawa (@malkikawa) February 11, 2018
It’s encouraging that Romero didn’t actually suffer any sort of fracture but he still may have to wait a few months before getting his hands on Whittaker a second time.
The reigning UFC middleweight champion who defeated Romero last year to win the title is still recovering from a staph infection as well as a case of adult chicken pox that knocked him out of the UFC 221 card. There’s no word on when Whittaker will be cleared to fight again but it’s likely a summer time matchup with Romero would make the most sense.