A middleweight matchup between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa will take place at UFC 241, which is set for August 17 at Honda Centre in Anaheim, California. With the main event for this particular card seeing Daniel Cormier attempt to defend the UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic at a rematch, Romero vs. Costa is scheduled for just three rounds. Bear in mind, this was supposed to be the primary event of April’s UFC on ESPN 3 card prior to both guys fell off the card and the headliner finally became Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza against Jack Hermansson. Now, after months of trash talking each other in interviews and on social networking, we will finally see Romero and Costa throw this summer.
Ariel Helwani of ESPN broke the information.
Romero (13-3) hasn’t fought since a decision loss to UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker past summer at UFC 225. Though Romero has lost two of his last 3 outings to Whittaker, he combined in a brutal KO win over Luke Rockhold involving the Whittaker fights which demonstrated that at age 42 he is one of the very best middleweights in the world. After starting his MMA career at 4-1, Romero has since gone 9-2 in the UFC alone with wins over the likes of the aforementioned Rockhold and Souza, not to mention Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Tim Kennedy, Brad Tavares, along with Derek Brunson. He comes from a wrestling background and has grown into one of the most devastating knockout artists the UFC has ever observed, which makes him a special gift. Romero has appeared amazing since linking the Octagon in 2013, and is presently a top-five middleweight in MMA.
Costa (12-0) has completed all 12 of his pro MMA victories and has a perfect 4-0 record in the UFC which includes knockout wins over Uriah Hall, Johnny Hendricks, Oluwale Bamgbose and Garreth McLellan. He has the special knockout power to cooperate with the look of a superstar that makes him a special talent in this sport. Costa was involved in a few controversies lately involving USADA and the incentives that are athletic, but after all of that has been he has finally been cleared to fight. He is among the top prospects in the middleweight division, and if he could conquer Romero inside this fight he could jump into the title mix at 185lbs.
Though Costa has the capability to be an elite middleweight, until he will demonstrates that he does this Romero should be favored to win this fight. While he’s one of the oldest fighters in the UFC middleweight division. Romero remains one of the very dominant and proven fighters in the division. Costa is a huge talent but still needs that one important marquee win before we can proceed and say he can beat a guy like Romero. The winner of the fight, regardless of who it is, should be in the mix for the title at 185lbs.
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