Yoel Romero is set to rematch Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza in the main event of UFC Fort Lauderdale on April 27.
Although Souza and Romero are top contenders in the middleweight division, the fight is not a number one contender fight or a fight for the interim title. Rather, it is just another fight, but a fight that will no doubt get the winner closer to a title shot.
Well, Romero believes exactly that. And, he and his friend in Jorge Masvidal have created a friendly wager for 2019 on who gets the belt first.
“I know Jorge very well,” Romero recently told MMA Fighting, laughing. “See, he has reactions like this because the other guy (Edwards), he made him crazy. That’s it. I know he stayed ready for the (Till) fight. When he was coming out of Exathlon, he said to me, ‘Hey, we have a deal?’ I said, ‘Tell me.’ He said, ‘We’re going to see who wins the belt this year first.’ I said, ‘Okay, we have a deal.’ We shook on it, and we said okay, we have a deal. And now I know he wanted to kill this guy (Till). I know, because I know my guy.
“And what happened after the fight, outside of the fight — my guy is very humble, very humble. I think other guy made him crazy, Leon, because Jorgie’s very humble. Jorgie doesn’t talk or anything, Jorgie is very humble. It is what it is.”
Ultimately, the loser will have to pay quite a bit of money to the loser. But, it is all in fun and games to Romero and Masvidal.
“The deal we have with Jorgie, he said to me, ‘Whoever wins the belt first this year, the other guy needs to pay for an all-expense-paid trip to Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic,’ where [they film] Exathlon,” Romero explained. “Party, vacation. It’s a beautiful place. It’s where they film the show, but it’s [off-site] where we want to go.”