Previous UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero has opened up on the gatherings that led to his launch from the promotion, calling the ordeal “completely surprising.”
Romero was a member of the UFC roster from 2013 right up until just a number of weeks back. For the the greater part of his time with the promotion, he stood at out as a person of the major middleweights in the world.
Specified his standing amongst the middleweight elite, it arrived as a main surprise when Romero was cut from the promotion’s roster previously this thirty day period.
Speaking to ESPN after his UFC release, Romero opened up on the situations that led to this surprising shakeup.
“First and foremost, it was anything that was totally unanticipated,” Romero told ESPN in Spanish as a result of his translator (by way of MMA Junkie). “I was currently teaching incredibly tricky, getting completely ready. We were already contemplating of preventing in January or February at 185 [pounds] or 205. We were being seeking to combat with the major three in both division. My administrators stated this to the presidency, the top of the UFC.
“They preferred (me) to struggle with Uriah Corridor, Derek Brunson, and we defined to them that it did not make sense for (me) to battle with these young men,” Romero added. “We experienced an idea we were chasing, the earth title. The way we had been coaching, making it materialize, we understood that we had just one or two fights and then we would go for the belt. Our believed was that battling any of these guys that are in the back of the roster, that it was having techniques backward, not ahead.
“My managers ended up back and forth non-end with the matchmakers and with (UFC president Dana White), and there was no accordance,” Romero ongoing. “They arrived back to us with an provide to combat Johnny Walker at 205. At 205, we needed whomever triumphed in between ‘Marreta’ (Santos) or Glover (Teixeira).
“The managers were in the beginning indicating we required to struggle with Dominick Reyes, Glover Teixeira, ‘Marreta,’ or Anthony Smith, and it was variety of like a back again and forth, type of silent on their conclusion, and the moment they reached again it was to permit (me) know that we could not arrive to an settlement, and they have been going to commit to the release,” Romero concluded.
The UFC’s decision to release Romero arrived as a shock to lovers just about everywhere. You can only think about how it felt to the man himself.
“I would have never ever expected this,” Romero stated. “I was schooling not added challenging, but teaching with an depth that I was going to operate by means of my up coming two fights, get one more shot at Izzy (Adesanya), and the moment I was in there, I was likely to just take his head off.”
Not extended immediately after currently being launched from the UFC, Yoel Romero signed with Bellator MMA. He’s expected to make his debut in early 2021, possibly in opposition to fellow previous UFC standout Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.