A middleweight matchup involving Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa will happen at UFC 241, which can be set for August 17 in Honda Centre at Anaheim, California. Together with the main event for this card viewing Daniel Cormier try to defend the UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic in a rematch,” Romero vs. Costa is scheduled for only three rounds. Bear in mind, this was supposed to be the main event of April’s UFC on ESPN 3 card before both guys fell off the card along with the headliner eventually became Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza from Jack Hermansson. Now, after months of trash talking each other in interviews and on social networking, we’ll finally 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 last summer at UFC 225. Although Romero has lost two of his last three trips to Whittaker, he mixed in a brutal KO win over Luke Rockhold in-between the Whittaker battles that proved that even at age 42 he is one of the top 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 now a top-five middleweight in MMA.
Costa (12-0) has finished all 12 of his ace MMA successes and has a perfect 4-0 record at the UFC that includes knockout wins over Uriah Hall, Johnny Hendricks, Oluwale Bamgbose and Garreth McLellan. He has the special knockout power to go along with the look of a celebrity that makes him a particular talent in this game. Costa has been involved in some controversies recently involving USADA and the athletic commissions, but after all of that has been he has finally been cleared to fight. He’s one of the top prospects in 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 will demonstrates he does this Romero should be favored to win this fight. Even though he’s among the earliest fighters in the UFC middleweight division. Romero remains one of the most dominant and proven fighters in the division. Costa is a tremendous talent but still wants that one key marquee triumph before we can proceed and say he could beat a man like Romero. The winner of this fight, regardless of who it is, should be in the mix for the title at 185lbs.
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