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Lyoto Machida vs. Yoel Romero: What We Learned from UFC Fight Night 70 Tilt

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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.

— 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?

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