Yoel Romero’s manager Malki Kawa spoke to Ariel Helwani in a recent interview and confirmed that his fighter will move to 205lbs for his next fight.
Yoel Romero has quietly established himself over the last year or so as one of the most popular fighters on the UFC’s modern roster.
He really has been a slow-burn over the years but a run of vicious finishes, a pair of wars with Robert Whittaker and an unmissable slot on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast has allowed him to win the affection of the fans – with many citing him as one of the finest fighters in UFC history to have never won a belt.
With his last outing at UFC 225, Romero missed weight before engaging in a bonafide classic with 185lb champion Robert Whittaker but still, even with his immense talent and clear potential to beat anyone in the division – a move to light-heavyweight will more-than-likely be enforced.
Malki Kawa, the manager to Yoel, spoke to Ariel Helwani on the most recent edition of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show and told him about how they have approached the UFC on the subject.
“So we are talking to UFC about him moving up to light heavyweight. And I think what we’re going to propose to them, well to be honest they offered us the Gustafsson fight and we accepted it. But Gustafsson needed to fight in August and Yoel wanted to fight later because he has to have surgery, he broke his orbital. So there are talks for him to fight at light heavyweight.
“So I was looking at his record and looking at some of the people he’s beat, and I don’t know what the fans will think about Yoel Romero and Daniel Cormier title fight since Daniel wants big fights and I think that would be the biggest fight to make.”
Cormier, however, is now seemingly on a collision course with the former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and despite him making it very clear that he does not intend on fighting past his 40th birthday next March – Kawa proposed Romero as someone who could satisfy DC’s craving for a blockbuster showdown before hanging up his gloves.
“When I look at this, and I don’t know how UFC would feel but Yoel Romero has beaten on his record five champions. Three UFC and two Strikeforce champions. He’s a monster in the Octagon.
“His fights with Robert Whittaker were razor thin and some people thought he won the second fight and he’s knocked out UFC champions. He is one of the best fighters in the UFC without a belt. He doesn’t have a fight and Cormier wants to fight somebody, maybe they will let us take that fight.”
To be honest, I can’t see this one happening. Regardless of what he tells us, I reckon Cormier will have a very hard time making the light-heavyweight limit again – especially when you consider that he came in heavier than Miocic the night before their fight over the weekend.
Don’t get me wrong, though, Cormier vs. Romero would be an absolute cracker.
Two former Olympians with some of the most elite level wrestling ever seen in MMA. It would be Yoel’s explosive attack against DC’s veteran savvy but alas, with time well and truly ticking on the legendary career of the two-weight world champ, it may be the case that the Cuban decided to make the move up to 205lbs a tad too late.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena