Yoel Romero is regarded as one of the most dangerous fighters in the UFC’s middleweight division, mostly because of the explosiveness in his ability to catch opponents out of nowhere with his unorthadoxed striking and his takedowns which stems from his world class olympic wrestling background.
While both those skills are impressive, it’s one main feature that grabs your attention with Romero before the fight even starts, his massive Atlas-like frame. From the first time we saw “Soldier of God” Romero step foot in the octagon up until now, the powerhouse from Cuba has always been one of the bigger competitors at 185 pounds, but to have that size complemented with amazing athleticism makes UFC fans alike marvel at what they witness each Romero fight.
This Saturday night at UFC 225, Romero will once again attempt to retrieve the UFC middleweight title in a rematch against the first man to ever defeat him in the UFC, reigning champion Robert Whitaker.
For Romero, this is the biggest fight of his career, being that he very came close to winning the belt in their first meeting.
Should Romero be able to win the UFC middleweight championship Saturday night, he will have indeed made history as becoming the first Cuban-born champion in the UFC.
Though his main focus is set on beating Whitaker and winning his first world title at middleweight, Romero was posed with the question about potentially moving to another weight class in the near future during a UFC 225 Q&A during open workouts this past Wednesday,
Not only just moving up, but possibly challenging a fellow former Olympian who just so happens to be the UFC light heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier.
As interesting as that fight would be to witness, both men have to handle the business that’s in front of them in order for this to even come to fruition.
However when asked the question about a bump to 205 and a fight with DC, Romero didn’t shy away in replying he’d fight Cormier.
“Why not?” Romero in his media scrum said of fighting Cormier. “That’s my job and a job for [UFC president] Dana [White], too. [Cormier and I] have a good relationship for a long time. It’s like in wrestling. I can wrestle with him, it’s no problem. I can wrestle with him and after that I go eat lunch or something with him. Why not?”
Other interesting dynamics in making this happen is that Romero would have to clean out the rest of the 185 pd division as champion, and we’d have to worry about if Daniel Cormier will still be around as he has openly stated that he plans on retiring from MMA very soon as he’s coming up on the age of 40.
“That’s my division for 21 years,” Romero said of 185. “I never don’t make weight. That’s the first time.”
Do you believe Yoel Romero will move up to Light Heavyweight and face Daniel Cormier in the future?