Yoel Romero was nearly finished at the end of the second round Saturday night at UFC 178. However, after his corner left him on the stool, he was able to recover.
That few extra moments allowed Romero (9-1) to storm out in the third, finishing Tim Kennedy and earning his fifth straight win. His streak is second only to division champion Chris Weidman.
“For everybody here, I love you guys so much,” Romero said. “I fight for everybody here. I love you so much, I love to fight for everybody.”
Joe Rogan asked Romero about the move by his corner to give him a little extra rest, and he apologized to the fans.
Kennedy (18-5) appeared set to earn the win at the end of the second, firing off on all cylinders in the final 10 seconds. Romero, though, survived and thrived.
“I feel a little (of the shots in the second), but I believe in God,” he said.
Romero tried to tell the crowd he was sorry as he was peppered with booing from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.