Silver Olympic medalist Yoel Romero shined in the opening fight of ‘UFC on FOX 11’. Brad Tavares tried his hardest to stay in the fight, but he suffered a size and wrestling-skill disadvantage and was painfully reminded of it throughout the fight.
Romero rag-dolled Tavares in his takedown attempts and took him down whenever he wanted to. Romero landed four takedowns in the first round alone, one of which was a high-impact toss. When they were inside the distance, Romero would still get the best of the exchanges and even busted open Tavares in the second round.
After landing a takedown, Romero’s favorite submission to work for was a kimura. Fortunately for Tavares, Romero could not quite lock it in and the series of events would conclude with them scrambling and standing in the middle of the octagon.
Yoel Romero def. Brad Tavares by way of Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)