A middleweight matchup involving Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa will happen at UFC 241, which is set for August 17 in Honda Centre at Anaheim, California. With the most important event for this particular card seeing Daniel Cormier try to defend the UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic in a rematch,” Romero vs. Costa is scheduled for only three rounds. Remember, this was assumed to be the main event of April’s UFC on ESPN 3 card before both men 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 networking, we will finally see Romero and Costa throw down this summer.
Ariel Helwani of ESPN broke the information.
Romero (13-3) has not fought as a decision loss to UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker past summer at UFC 225. Although Romero has lost two of his past three trips to Whittaker, he mixed in a brutal KO win over Luke Rockhold involving the Whittaker fights which demonstrated that at age 42 he’s one of the very best middleweights in the world. After starting 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, and Derek Brunson. He comes from an elite wrestling background and has grown into one of the most devastating knockout artists the UFC has ever observed, making him a special talent. Romero has appeared amazing since linking the Octagon in 2013, and is presently 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 capacity to go along with the appearance of a superstar that makes him a particular talent in this game. Costa was involved in a few controversies recently involving USADA and the incentives that are athletic, but after all that has been he’s finally been cleared to struggle. He’s among the very best prospects in the middleweight division, and when he could defeat Romero inside 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 preferred to win this battle. While he is among the earliest fighters in the UFC middleweight division. Romero remains one of the very dominant and recognized fighters in the division. Costa is a tremendous talent but still needs that one important marquee win before we can proceed and say he could beat a guy like Romero. The winner of the fight, no matter who it is, should be in the mix for the name at 185lbs.
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