A middleweight matchup involving Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa will happen at UFC 241, which is set for August 17 at Honda Centre in Anaheim, California. Together with the most important event for this particular card viewing Daniel Cormier attempt to shield the UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic at a rematch,” Romero vs. Costa is scheduled for just 3 rounds. Remember, this was assumed to be the main event of April’s UFC on ESPN 3 card prior to the two guys fell off the card and the headliner eventually became Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza from Jack Hermansson. Now, after months of trash talking each other in interviews and on social media, we’ll eventually see Romero and Costa throw this summer.
Ariel Helwani of ESPN broke the news.
Romero (13-3) has not fought as a decision loss to UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker past summer at UFC 225. Though Romero has lost two of his past 3 outings to Whittaker, he combined in a brutal KO win over Luke Rockhold in-between the Whittaker fights which demonstrated that even at age 42 he’s one of the very best middleweights in the world. After beginning his MMA career at 4-1, Romero has since gone 9-2 in the UFC alone with wins over the likes of the above Rockhold and Souza, not to mention Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Tim Kennedy, Brad Tavares, and Derek Brunson. He comes from an elite wrestling background and has grown into one of the most devastating knockout artists that the UFC has ever seen, which makes him a special talent. Romero has appeared amazing since joining the Octagon in 2013, and is now a top-five middleweight in MMA.
Costa (12-0) has finished 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 exceptional knockout capacity to cooperate with the look of a superstar that makes him a special talent in this game. Costa has been involved in a few controversies recently involving USADA and the athletic commissions, but after all of that has been he’s been cleared to fight. He is one of the very best prospects at the middleweight division, and when he could defeat Romero in this struggle he could jump in the title mix at 185lbs.
Though Costa has the potential to be an elite middleweight, until he can demonstrates that he does this Romero should be favored to win this battle. While he’s one of the earliest fighters in the UFC middleweight division. Romero remains among the most dominant and proven fighters in the division. Costa is a tremendous talent but still needs that one key marquee win before we could go and say he could beat a guy like Romero. The winner of the fight, regardless of who it is, should be in the mix for the name at 185lbs.
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