Saturday Night Combat Sports Review
Lyoto Machida (22-6) vs. Yoel Romero (9-1)
First round: Fans chanting Machida even though Romero is out of South Florida. Low kick by Machida. Machida is a little slower. Body kick by Machida. Body kick by Romero. Body kick by Romero. Romero hurt him with a right. Body kick by Romero. Knee by Machida. Right by Machida. Body kick by Machida. Spin kick by Machida. Left by Machida and Romero back. 10-9 Machida.
Second round: Both landed. Romero has power. Romero missed a high kick. Low kick by Machida. Romero chants. Body kick by Machida. Low kick by Machida. Left by Machida. Body kick by Machida. Right and a knee by Romero. Left by Machida. Low kick by Machida. Romero with a right. Romero with a left. Body kick and low kick by Machida. Big left by Romero. Body kick by Machida. Left by Romero. Body kick by Romero. Romero missed a haymaker left. Body kick by Machida. Romero off the fence landed two punches, really cool spot. Romero’s round close 19-19.
Third round: Right by Romero. Low kick by Romero. Low kick by Machida. Body kick by Machida. Body kick by Romero. Romero took him down and he beat the crap out of him with elbows on the ground and it’s over. Romero threw him down, once he landed the elbows he rocked him and it was over after the fifth elbow.
Timothy Bradley vs. Jessie Vargas
Timothy Bradley defeated Jessie Vargas for an interim welterweight championship last night on HBO.
Bradley is likely to become the full titleholder after July 3, if the current WBO champion Floyd Mayweather doesn't pay the sanctioning fee from his May 2 title unification victory against Manny Pacquiao and also vacate his two junior middleweight belts. Mayweather must do so because the WBO prohibits fighters from holding titles in multiple weight classes at the same time.
A very good fight that Bradley looked really good in. The fight had a very interesting ending in the 12th round. After some good exchanges Vargas rattled Bradley badly with a right hand.
Vargas couldn't quite put him away, but at the ten-second mark, referee Pat Russell stopped the fight, after he accidentally thought that the 10 second warning sound was the closing bell! He completely just screwed up.
Bradley was definitely not out, but Vargas thought the ref had called the fight and he won. He did not and Bradley won on all three judges cards. Great fight.
(116-112, 117-111, 115-112) Bradley.