Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold: Statistical Breakdown

This Saturday, February 11,  the Ultimate Fighting Champion brings an action packed card to Perth, Austrailia for UFC 221 live on pay per view.

In the main event lies a Middleweight clash between a wreslting legacy holder in No.1 ranked Yoel Romero who takes on the former undisputed champion in Luke Rockhold in a bout to determine the Interim UFC Middleweight champion.  We look at the numbers behind these two fighters to determine who is most likely to come away with the victory come Saturday night.

Yoel Romero

Age: 40

Birthdate: April 30, 1977

Height: 6’0

Reach: 73 inches

Born: Pinar del Rio, Cuba

Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, Florida

Gym: American Top Team

Record: 12-2 (8-1 in UFC)

Career disclosed earnings: $1,032,000

Notable Wins: Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

 

Accolades

  1. Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Knockout of the Night:
      • Clifford Starks (UFC on Fox 27)
    • Performance of the Night:
      • Lyoto Machida (UFC Fight Night 70)
      • Chris Weidman (UFC 205)
    • Fight of the Night:
      • Derek Brunson (UFC Fight Night 35)
      • Tim Kennedy (UFC 178)
      • Robert Whittaker (UFC 213)
  1. Wrestling
  • 2000 Sydney Olympics: Bronze Medal 85 kg
  • Fila Wrestling World Championships
    • Gold medal – first place 1999 Ankara 85 kg
    • Silver medal – second place 2002 Tehran 84 kg
    • Silver medal – second place 2005 Budapest 84 kg
    • Bronze medal – third place 1998 Tehran 85 kg
    • Bronze medal – third place 2001 Krasnoyarsk 85 kg
  • Wrestling World Cup
    • Gold medal – first place 1998 Stillwater -85 kg
    • Gold medal – first place 2000 Fairfax -85 kg
    • Gold medal – first place 2005 Tashkent -84 kg
    • Silver medal – second place 1999 Spokane -85 kg
    • Silver medal – second place 2004 Baku -84 kg
    • Bronze medal – third place 1997 Stillwater -85 kg
  • Pan American Games
    • Gold medal – first place 2003 Santo Domingo 84 kg
    • Bronze medal – third place 1999 Winnipeg 85 kg
  • Pan American Championships
    • Gold medal – first place 1998 Winnipeg -85 kg
    • Gold medal – first place 2001 Santo Domingo -85 kg
    • Gold medal – first place 2002 Maracaibo -84 kg
    • Gold medal – first place 2004 Guatemala City -96 kg
    • Gold medal – first place 2007 San Salvador

 

Statistics

12 wins, 10 wins by way of Knockout

1 loss via KO, 1 loss via 5-round decision

34-11 International Wrestling record

6 knockouts in the 3rd round

4 knockouts in the 1st round

2.99 significant strikes landed per minute

52% significant striking accuracy

2.20 significant strikes absorbed per minute

64% striking defense

2.05 Takedowns landed per 15 minutes

32% Takedown accuracy

77% Takedown defense accuracy

0 Submissions attempted per 15 minutes

Average fight time: 12:27

 

Fun Facts

Professional Debut: December, 2009

Ranked No.1 at Middleweight (UFC.com)

Brother is Yoan Pablo Hernández, a Cruiserweight Champion in professional boxing with a 29-1 record

 

Injury Pullouts

Torn Meniscus: UFC on Fox 15 (Jacare)

 

Luke Rockhold

Age: 33

Birthdate: October 17, 1984

Height: 6’3

Reach: 77 inches

Born: Santa Cruz, California

Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, Florida / San Jose, California

Gym: American Kickboxing Academy

Record: 12-2 (8-1 in UFC) (9-0 in Strikeforce)

Career disclosed earnings: $1,032,000

Notable Wins: Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Michael Bisping

 

Accolades

  1. Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • UFC Middleweight Champion
    • Fight of the Night:
      • Chris Weidman (UFC 194)
    • Knockout of the Night:
      • Costas Philippou (UFC Fight Night 35)
    • Performance of the Night:
      • Michael Bisping (UFC Fight Night 55)
      • Lyoto Machida (UFC on Fox 15)

 

  • Strikeforce
    • Strikeforce Middleweight Championship (One time; Last)
    • Two successful title defenses
    • Tied most finishes in Strikeforce (7)
    • Most submissions in Strikeforce (5)
  • Submission Grappling
    • IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships
      • 2007 Long Beach (Purple Belt): Gold medal
      • 2007 Long Beach (Blue Belt): Gold medal
    • Pan American Championships
      • 2006 Long Beach (Blue Belt): Silver medal

 

Statistics

16 wins, 10 Submissions, 4 Knockouts

All three losses via TKO/KO

5 different submission (RNC, Kimura, Punches, Armbar, Guillotine) wins.

5 of 10 submissions wins by way of rear naked choke

5 submissions in round 1

3 submissions in round 2

4.34 significant strikes landed per minute

49% significant striking accuracy

2.17 significant strikes absorbed per minute

59% striking defense

0.78 Takedowns landed per 15 minutes

40% Takedown accuracy

68% Takedown defense accuracy

1.3 Submissions attempted per 15 minutes

Average fight time: 7:09

 

Fun Facts

Pro Debut: July 2007

Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Leandro Vieira and Dave Camarillo

One of only four fighters to win a championship in both UFC and Strikeforce

 

Injury Pullouts

Knee injury: Jacare Souza (UFC Fight Night 101)

MCL injury: Tim Boestch (UFC 166)

Wrist Injury: Lorenz Larkin (Strikeforce even)

Wrist injury: Lorenz Larkin (Another Strikeforce event)

Shoulder injury: Matt Lindland (Strikeforce event)

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