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A middleweight matchup between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa will happen at UFC 241, which is set for August 17 in Honda Centre at Anaheim, California. Together with the main event for this card seeing Daniel Cormier attempt 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 the two men fell off the card and the headliner finally became Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza from Jack Hermansson. Now, after weeks of trash talking each other in interviews and on social networking, we’ll finally 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 three trips to Whittaker, he combined in a brutal KO win over Luke Rockhold involving the Whittaker fights which demonstrated that even at age 42 he is still one of the top middleweights in the world. After starting his MMA career at 4-1, Romero has since gone 9-2 in 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, and Derek Brunson. He comes from an elite wrestling background, and it has grown into one of the most devastating knockout artists that the UFC has ever seen, 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 that includes knockout wins over Uriah Hall, Johnny Hendricks, Oluwale Bamgbose and Garreth McLellan. He has the special knockout capacity to go along with the look of a superstar that makes him a special talent in this game. Costa was involved in a few controversies lately involving USADA and the athletic commissions, 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 conquer Romero in this struggle he could jump in the title mix at 185lbs.
Though Costa has the potential to be an elite middleweight, until he will demonstrates he does this Romero should be preferred 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 recognized fighters in the division. Costa is a huge talent but still wants that one important marquee win before we can go and say he could beat a guy like Romero. The winner of the fight, no matter who it is, should be in the mix for the name at 185lbs.
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