A middleweight matchup between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa will take place at UFC 241, which can be set for August 17 at Honda Centre at Anaheim, California. With the main event for this particular card viewing Daniel Cormier try to defend the UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic at a rematch, Romero vs. Costa is scheduled for just 3 rounds. Bear in mind, this was assumed to be the primary event of April’s UFC on ESPN 3 card before both men fell off the card and the headliner finally became Ronaldo»Jacare» Souza from Jack Hermansson. Now, after weeks of trash talking each other in interviews and on social networking, we will finally see Romero and Costa throw down this summer.
Ariel Helwani of ESPN broke the news.
Romero (13-3) hasn’t fought as a decision loss to UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker past summer at UFC 225. Although Romero has dropped two of his past 3 trips to Whittaker, he mixed in a brutal KO win over Luke Rockhold in-between the Whittaker fights which proved that even at age 42 he is one of the top middleweights in the world. After beginning his MMA career at 4-1, Romero has since gone 9-2 from 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, along with 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, making him a special talent. Romero has looked amazing since joining the Octagon in 2013, and is presently 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 at the UFC which 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 sport. Costa has been involved in some controversies lately involving USADA and the athletic commissions, but after all that has been he has been cleared to struggle. He is one of the very best 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 can demonstrates that he does that Romero should be preferred to win this battle. Even though he is among the earliest fighters in the UFC middleweight division. Romero is still among the most dominant and recognized fighters in the branch. Costa is a huge talent but still needs that one key marquee win before we could go and say he can beat a man like Romero. The winner of this fight, no matter who it is, should be in the mix for the title at 185lbs.
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