Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
There's no disputing that Lyoto Machida is one of the most renowned mixed martial artists to ever step inside of the Octagon.
But The Dragon has come a long way since dominating the 205-pound scene for multiple years, combining unorthodox attacks and legendary counter striking to dismantle some of the best fighters in the business.
Having lost two of his last three, including a title fight opposite undefeated Brazilian assassin Chris Weidman and a one-sided beatdown at the hands of Luke Rockhold, Machida came into Saturday's main event bout opposite Yoel Romero at UFC Fight Night 70 in desperate need of a victory.
Middleweight division hasn't looked this good since
I was ruling it. http://t.co/yXJSHDBr4b
— Chael Sonnen (@sonnench) June 28, 2015
As arguably the most accomplished wrestler to ever compete under the Zuffa banner, the athletically clad Romero poised a unique threat to the Brazilian.
And in dramatic fashion, the 38-year-old Cuban steamrolled Machida and ended his bid for middleweight redemption via a third-round knockout.
Here is what we learned Saturday night as Romero officially cemented himself as a bona fide title contender:
What We'll Remember About This Fight
It took Romero nearly two full rounds to even attempt a takedown, let alone drag Machida to the canvas.
Is Romero good enough to challenge the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold?