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Yoel Romero believes he broke his leg in the first round of UFC 221 fight with Luke Rockhold

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As if his UFC 221 win wasn’t impressive enough, Yoel Romero may have fought two rounds on a broken leg.

UFC 221: Romero v Rockhold Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

*UPDATE* Yoel Romero’s manager has some good news for us all:

Following his thunderous victory at UFC 221 over Luke Rockhold, the UFC revealed they were ready to book Yoel Romero against middleweight champion Robert Whittaker. But that bit of matchmaking may not be as simple as they initially thought, because Yoel Romero may have a broken leg.

Romero himself revealed the potential injury in a post-fight interview with Megan Olivi, telling her through a translator “In the first round I took two kicks, and I’m pretty sure it broke my leg.”

Romero was unable to stand following his win over Rockhold and had to be carried backstage by his team. The interview with Olivi went down with Yoel in a wheelchair, and soon after he was rolled to the hospital where someone with a medical degree will confirm or deny Romero’s pain-based hunch.

It’s at this point that I’d normally gush for a while over the incredible grit and determination it takes for a fighter to push through a broken limb to win a victory. This was a fight taking place at the very top of the hyper-competitive middleweight division against a very dangerous Luke Rockhold, yet Yoel Romero managed to not only keep fighting but notch a highlight reel finish. All things through God, indeed.

But I’m going to cut short that praise to ask why the middleweight division can’t have nice things? Why is there always something going sideways? Can’t the weightclass have a single straightforward title fight without colitis or rectal staph or missed weight or broken legs?

At this point all we can do is laugh and roll with it. Regardless of who Whittaker fights next, it’ll be a great scrap because everyone at 185 is firing on all cylinders ... when they manage to make it into the cage, that is.