A middleweight matchup involving Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa will happen at UFC 241, which is set for August 17 at Honda Centre at Anaheim, California. With the most important 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 just three rounds. Remember, this was supposed to be the main event of April’s UFC on ESPN 3 card prior to the two guys fell off the card along with the headliner eventually became Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza against Jack Hermansson. Now, after weeks of trash talking each other in interviews and on social networking, we will finally see Romero and Costa throw 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. Though Romero has dropped two of his last three outings to Whittaker, he combined in a brutal KO win over Luke Rockhold involving the Whittaker battles that demonstrated that at age 42 he’s still 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, along with Derek Brunson. He comes from a wrestling background and has grown into one of the most devastating knockout artists that the UFC has ever observed, 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 completed all 12 of his ace 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 exceptional knockout power to go along with the look of a superstar that makes him a special talent in this game. Costa was involved in some controversies recently involving USADA and the incentives that are athletic, but after all of that has been he has been cleared to fight. He is one of the top prospects at the middleweight division, and when he could defeat 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 can proves that he does this Romero should be preferred to win this battle. While he is one of the earliest 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 wants that one key marquee win before we could go and say he could 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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