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A middleweight matchup between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa will take place at UFC 241, which can be set for August 17 in Honda Centre in Anaheim, California. With the main event for this particular card seeing Daniel Cormier try to shield the UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic at a rematch,” Romero vs. Costa is scheduled for only 3 rounds. Remember, this was supposed to be the primary event of April’s UFC on ESPN 3 card before the two men fell off the card along with the headliner eventually became Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza against Jack Hermansson. Now, after months of trash talking each other in interviews and on social media, we will eventually see Romero and Costa throw down this summer.
Ariel Helwani of ESPN broke the news.
Romero (13-3) has not fought since a decision loss to UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker last summer at UFC 225. Although Romero has lost two of his last 3 trips to Whittaker, he mixed in a brutal KO win over Luke Rockhold involving the Whittaker battles that proved that at age 42 he’s one of the very best 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, not to mention Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Tim Kennedy, Brad Tavares, along with Derek Brunson. He comes from an elite wrestling background and has developed into one of the most devastating knockout artists that 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 completed all 12 of his ace MMA successes and has a perfect 4-0 record in the UFC which includes knockout wins over Uriah Hall, Johnny Hendricks, Oluwale Bamgbose and Garreth McLellan. He’s got the exceptional knockout capacity to go along with the look of a superstar that makes him a particular talent in this sport. Costa has been involved in some controversies lately involving USADA and the athletic commissions, but after all of that has been he has finally been cleared to fight. He is among the very best prospects in the middleweight division, and when he could conquer Romero inside this fight he could jump into the title mix at 185lbs.
Though Costa has the potential to be an elite middleweight, until he can proves that he does that Romero should be favored to win this fight. Even though he’s one of the earliest fighters in the UFC middleweight division. Romero remains among the very dominant and proven fighters in the division. Costa is a tremendous talent but still needs that one important marquee triumph before we can go and say he can 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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