Bellator 280 results, highlights: Yoel Romero knocks out Alex Polizzi in the last second as he returns

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At Friday’s Bellator 280 event in Paris, Yoel Romero had not won a fight since February 2018. However, Romero left no doubt that he still had plenty of gas in the tank as he obliterated Alex Polizzi in three rounds before literally scoring a final goal. second KO.

Romero looked sharp from the jump, picking spots to let go of his hands and landing regularly. Polizzi – standing in for the injured Melvin Manhoef – experimented with shooting for takedowns and trying to find space for his own shots, but Romero was just too fast and athletic.

Another complication for Polizzi was a constant diet of pounding leg kicks from the former multiple UFC title challenger. Romero’s work continued to pay off, leaving big openings in the second round and allowing him to stun Polizzi heavily with massive overhand links, one of which dropped Polizzi and left him on rubber legs.

Polizzi was able to survive the second round scare, apparently both because Romero chose not to force the action and because of his own resilience.

Romero would continue to patiently move forward, landing heavy punches that made Polizzi’s nose bleed before cracking again in the final seconds of the fight with a lightning-fast combination that once again sent Polizzi to the canvas.

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This time Romero decided to end the show and landed a couple of shots on the floor before a booming uppercut knocked Polizzi’s legs off completely. Referee Mike Beltran decided to step in and forgo the fight, giving Romero the TKO victory at 4:59 of Round 3.

The only controversy in the fight is whether Polizzi deserved to lose on the cards instead of by knockout as the fight was stopped a few seconds after the closing bell rang.

With the fight completed, it was announced that the fight with Manhoef had now resumed and would take place in Dublin when Bellator returned to Ireland on September 23rd. Bellator 280 results, highlights: Yoel Romero knocks out Alex Polizzi in the last second as he returns

Justin Scacco

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