Yoel Romero entered UFC on FOX 7 following neck surgery that kept him away from competition for the last 16 months. In his UFC debut, Romero needed 90 seconds before knocking out Clifford Starks with a flying knee.
“Being in the UFC was always his dream, so this is the best way to start it,” said a translator for Romero to MMA Fighting.
The Cuban had won the silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in freestyle wrestling prior to MMA. He joined the UFC at 4-1 with the lone defeat coming from Strikeforce. The quick UFC win left him with bonus cash for Knockout of the Night.
Starks is 1-2 for the UFC, with the back-to-back losses being via stoppage.
They opened the card which featured the first two bouts on Facebook. It was this past weekend from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.
Romero is ready to return immediately.