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Yoel Romero Wants None Of This

It’s not enough for Paulo Costa to merely call out Yoel Romero, he must also take off his shirt and get super beefy in the process. I’m not sure if that’s going to be any more enticing for the “Soldier of God,” but at least it gives the haters (you know who you are) yet another reason to be suspicious.

Costa was expecting to fight Romero at the upcoming UFC 230 pay-per-view (PPV) event in New York, but the Cuban slugger withdrew from the bout as a result of lingering health issues and provided no definitive timetable for his return.

That leaves “The Eraser” without a date to the big dance. Another option was the bigger and harder Chris Weidman, but “All American” has since been paired off with Luke Rockhold this November in “The Empire State.”

The more likely scenario is that Costa will wait for Romero to get his ducks in a row, then throw hands with the two-time middleweight title contender in early 2019. Until then, he’ll have plenty of time to clomp around the pool with his shirt off.

Much to the chagrin of the salty surf community.

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Paulo Costa Accuses Yoel Romero Of ‘Stalling,’ Pulling Out of UFC 230 For More Time To Train

Surging Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight Paulo Costa has taken a shot at Yoel Romero for pulling out of their scheduled fight at UFC 230 because he believes the Cuban wants to train more ahead of their much-anticipated clash
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Yoel Romero Unable to Face Paulo Costa at UFC 230 Due to Broken Orbital

It appears that top middleweight contender Yoel Romero won’t be able to compete at UFC 230 as originally planned.
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Middleweight Champ Robert Whittaker Not Interested In Trilogy Against Yoel Romero

Last Saturday at UFC 225 in Chicago, Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Robert Whittaker won a unanimous decision over top contender Yoel Romero in a rematch that many are calling “Fight of the Year.” Because Romero missed the championship weight limit, the fight was not an official title defense, but nonetheless was hailed as an instant classic.
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Middleweight Champ Robert Whittaker Not Interested In Trilogy Against Yoel Romero

Last Saturday at UFC 225 in Chicago, Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Robert Whittaker won a unanimous decision over top contender Yoel Romero in a rematch that many are calling “Fight of the Year.” Because Romero missed the championship weight limit, the fight was not an official title defense, but nonetheless was hailed as an instant classic.
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Middleweight Champ Robert Whittaker Not Interested In Trilogy Against Yoel Romero

Last Saturday at UFC 225 in Chicago, Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Robert Whittaker won a unanimous decision over top contender Yoel Romero in a rematch that many are calling “Fight of the Year.” Because Romero missed the championship weight limit, the fight was not an official title defense, but nonetheless was hailed as an instant classic.
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Dana White Still Believes Yoel Romero Should Move to 205, But, Should UFC Look at Third Fight With Robert Whittaker?

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

If following last night’s headliner at UFC 225 between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero, you believe a third fight is in order, well, it looks like that might not happen.

If you watched the contest, then you know it was one of the best middleweight bouts in recent memory. Whittaker outscored Romero in the opening two rounds, but in round three, the latter decked the champ before he recovered and returned fire. Round four was competitive, but round five was pretty much a blow out for Romero, who dropped Whittaker again and appeared to be on the verge of finishing the fight. In fact, many folks have opined that the round should have been scored a 10 – 8 for Romero (via the new scoring rules). None of the judges, however, did so. Whittaker walked away from the bout with a controversial, split decision win.

Well, as you know, even if Romero had been handed the decision, he wouldn’t have been given the belt, since he came in at 185.2 for the fight. It was a repeat from what went down in February, when Romero didn’t secure the interim title after knocking out Luke Rockhold, because he missed weight for that fight as well.

After the card, White was asked if he still believes Romero should move to 205. Prior to the card, the UFC President had said he thinks that’s what the Cuban wrestler should do. White stood by that belief at the post-fight presser.

“Probably a good idea. We’re going to have to talk to him and his team, and it’s probably a good idea for him to go to 205. “

But is this really the route the UFC should go? Should they pass on Whittaker – Romero 3? Considering how last night’s bout unfolded? Yes, Romero missed weight, and he looked horrible after making his second attempt. But, the fighter has insisted his cut was stopped prematurely by the commission. Of course, health concerns need to be monitored here, but has the UFC thoroughly vetted what happened ? To conclude the book should be closed on Romero’s run at 185?

Now, another reason one could make the case for Whittaker – Romero III is due to the state of the middleweight division. When White was asked about the status of Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum, really, the only two 185’ers right now who you could tap for a title fight, he said this:

“Weidman’s still hurt; his hands still messed up. So he’s going to be out for a while longer.”

“No comment on Kelvin Gastelum. He should have been the back-up here tonight when this all went down. He couldn’t do it. He’s got some personal issues that he seriously needs to take care of.”

So, depending on what issue Gastelum is dealing with, perhaps, the former welterweight contender could be a possibility in the not too distant future. But, would that fight draw more views that Whittaker – Romero III? That’s a good question.

At the end of the day, as the news cycle moves on, and Whittaker takes times to recover from a broken hand, calls for a third bout with Romero will have likely diminished. It’s just really unfortunate that Romero missed weight again, as, in a vacuum, a third scrap between the two sounds about right.

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UFC 225 Results: Robert Whittaker Decisions Yoel Romero Again in Non-Title Fight

To beat Yoel Romero, you have to never make a mistake. Chris Weidman learned this the hard way. So did Luke Rockhold. But middleweight champ Robert Whittaker was wise to it all, and defeated Romero by decision at UFC 193 to earn the interim middleweight title.

That interim belt turned into the real belt when Georges St-Pierre retired as champ (after never defending it), and here we are at UFC 225, with Whittaker and Romero going at it again in the main event. Romero failed to make weight, so there’s no belt up for grabs, but whatever.

No mistakes. That’s Whittaker in the first round, as he maintains distance with kicks and scores with punches. The Cuban Olympic wrestler seems content to wait for an opening to counter and explode, but none really come. Ditto for Round 2. Whittaker is playing this one safe, and Romero is a coiled serpent who forgot how to strike.

UFC 225 Results: Robert Whittaker Decisions Yoel Romero Again in Non-Title Fight

To beat Yoel Romero, you have to never make a mistake. Chris Weidman learned this the hard way. So did Luke Rockhold. But middleweight champ Robert Whittaker was wise to it all, and defeated Romero by decision at UFC 193 to earn the interim middleweight title.

That interim belt turned into the real belt when Georges St-Pierre retired as champ (after never defending it), and here we are at UFC 225, with Whittaker and Romero going at it again in the main event. Romero failed to make weight, so there’s no belt up for grabs, but whatever.

No mistakes. That’s Whittaker in the first round, as he maintains distance with kicks and scores with punches. The Cuban Olympic wrestler seems content to wait for an opening to counter and explode, but none really come. Ditto for Round 2. Whittaker is playing this one safe, and Romero is a coiled serpent who forgot how to strike.

Video: Yoel Romero Holds The Record For Missing Weight In Title Fights

Check out this quick video explainer to catch you up on the latest weigh-in craziness at UFC 225.

Mixed martial arts fans are no stranger to last minute injuries, but these days its the scale that seems to be the biggest enemy of fighters making it into the cage. We almost lost our UFC 225 main event between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero because Romero was .2 of a pound over, but fortunately everything has worked out. Yoel Romero is no longer eligible to win the middleweight strap, but the fight will go on for five full rounds at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

The whole thing is a bad look for the UFC and Romero. Yoel becomes the first fighter in UFC history to miss weight for multiple title shots – he missed weight at UFC 221 for an interim middleweight fight against Luke Rockhold earlier this year. The UFC probably shouldn’t have let someone unable to make 185 fight for the title, but they did and now they’re reaping the rewards of that decision.

It’s all explained above in this exclusive SBNation video that walks you though the latest weigh-in debacle to hit the UFC.

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