Tim Kennedy was quick to inform reporters and fans that he didn’t think highly decorated wrestler Yoel Romero would be able to take him down. Early in the first round it seems that he wouldn’t have Kennedy on his back but only because Romero was looking to throw some heavy leather at him quickly busting up his nose with a big left. Romero was having his way with Kennedy both boxing and kicking him up forcing Kennedy to start looking for take downs of his own but Romero was having none of that, reversing every attempt.
The second began looking to be more of the same with Romero using a more diverse striking arsenal to pick Kennedy apart although Kennedy was more active in returning fire although he was still largely ineffective. Romero’s speed was seemingly too much for Kennedy to handle. Kennedy did have more moments of success, especially in the clinch, in this round than he did in the first even threatening him with a guillotine attempt but Romero was able to nullify most Kennedy’s offensive efforts until the end of the round. Romero was appearing to fatigue while Kennedy’s conditioning allowed him to fire back heavily, tagging Romero numerous times with his right hand. While Kennedy was teeing off on Romero as he was backed into the cage, the bell sounds and we entered the third round.
A bit of controversy in between rounds, Romero’s team leaves the stool in the octagon to buy Romero more time. Kennedy is quick to complain about it, rightfully so, but the damage was done with Romero getting an extra 20 seconds of rest.
Romero very quickly blasted Kennedy at the start of the third with punches dropping him following it up with flurry after flurry. Kennedy’s face was turned to a bloody mess and after eating so much damage the referee stops the fight earning a third round TKO at :58 seconds in the third round of a back and fourth battle.