A middleweight matchup between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa will happen at UFC 241, which is set for August 17 in Honda Centre in Anaheim, California. Together with the main event for this card viewing Daniel Cormier attempt to shield the UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic in a rematch,” Romero vs. Costa is scheduled for only three rounds. Bear in mind, this was assumed to be the main event of April’s UFC on ESPN 3 card before the two guys fell off the card along with the headliner finally 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 down 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. Although Romero has lost two of his last three outings to Whittaker, he mixed in a brutal KO win over Luke Rockhold in-between the Whittaker fights which demonstrated that at age 42 he is one of the very best 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 above Rockhold and Souza, and of course Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Tim Kennedy, Brad Tavares, and Derek Brunson. He comes from a wrestling background and has developed 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 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 that includes knockout wins over Uriah Hall, Johnny Hendricks, Oluwale Bamgbose and Garreth McLellan. He’s got the special knockout capacity to go along with the appearance of a celebrity that makes him a particular talent in this game. Costa was involved in a few controversies lately involving USADA and the athletic commissions, but after all that has been he has finally been cleared to struggle. He’s among the top prospects in the middleweight division, and if he could conquer Romero in this fight he could jump into the title mix at 185lbs.
Though Costa has the capability to be an elite middleweight, until he can proves that he does that Romero should be favored to win this battle. Even though he’s one of the oldest fighters in the UFC middleweight division. Romero is still one of the very dominant and proven fighters in the division. Costa is a huge talent but still needs that one important 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 name at 185lbs.
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