A middleweight matchup involving Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa will take place at UFC 241, which is set for August 17 in Honda Centre at Anaheim, California. With the main event for this particular card seeing Daniel Cormier try to defend the UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic at a rematch,” Romero vs. Costa is scheduled for only three rounds. Bear in mind, this was assumed to be the primary event of April’s UFC on ESPN 3 card prior to both guys dropped off the card along with the headliner finally became Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza from Jack Hermansson. Now, after weeks of trash talking each other in interviews and on social media, 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 last summer at UFC 225. Although Romero has dropped two of his past three trips to Whittaker, he mixed in a brutal KO win over Luke Rockhold in-between the Whittaker fights which demonstrated 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 from 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 the UFC has ever observed, making him a special talent. Romero has looked 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 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 power to cooperate with the appearance of a celebrity that makes him a particular talent in this game. Costa has been involved in a few controversies recently involving USADA and the athletic commissions, but after all that has been he has been cleared to fight. He’s one of the top prospects in the middleweight division, and when he could conquer Romero in this fight he could jump in the title mix at 185lbs.
Though Costa has the capability to be an elite middleweight, until he will demonstrates he does that Romero should be favored to win this fight. While he is among the oldest fighters in the UFC middleweight division. Romero is still among the most dominant and proven fighters in the division. Costa is a tremendous talent but still needs that one key marquee win 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 name at 185lbs.
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