A middleweight matchup between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa will take place at UFC 241, which is set for August 17 in Honda Centre in Anaheim, California. With the most important event for this card viewing Daniel Cormier try to defend the UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic at a rematch,” Romero vs. Costa is scheduled for only 3 rounds. Bear in mind, this was supposed to be the main event of April’s UFC on ESPN 3 card before both guys dropped off the card along with the headliner finally became Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza against Jack Hermansson. Now, after weeks of trash talking each other in interviews and on social networking, we’ll finally see Romero and Costa throw down this summer.
Ariel Helwani of ESPN broke the information.
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 combined in a brutal KO win over Luke Rockhold in-between the Whittaker fights which demonstrated that at age 42 he is still 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, and of course Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Tim Kennedy, Brad Tavares, along with Derek Brunson. He comes from an elite wrestling background, and it has grown into one of the most devastating knockout artists the UFC has ever seen, making him a special talent. Romero has looked 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 ace MMA successes 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’s got the exceptional knockout capacity to go along with the look of a superstar that makes him a special talent in this game. Costa has been involved in some controversies lately involving USADA and the athletic commissions, but after all that has been he’s been cleared to fight. He is among the top prospects at the middleweight division, and when he could defeat Romero inside this fight he could jump into the title mix at 185lbs.
Though Costa has the potential to be an elite middleweight, until he will demonstrates that he does that Romero should be favored to win this battle. Even though he is among the earliest fighters in the UFC middleweight division. Romero remains among the most dominant and proven fighters in the branch. Costa is a tremendous talent but still needs that one key marquee win before we can go and say he could beat a man 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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