MMA FIGHTERS YOEL ROMERO VS PAULO COSTA HEADLINE UFC ON ESPN 3
A couple of the greatest middleweights on Earth are set to battle at a long-awaited bout later this spring, and I’ll give my initial thoughts on the matchup in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa, UFC on ESPN 3
Top-ranked middleweights Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa will clash in the main event of UFC on ESPN 3, which is set for April 27 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The bout was first reported by Combate. It’ll be a five-round fight, it is probably the winner of this bout could be next in line to get a crack at the UFC middleweight title now held by Robert Whittaker, that fights Kelvin Gastelum in UFC 234 in early February. (Although we do need to maintain Israel Adesanya in that conversation as well).
Romero (13-3) is 41-years older, but you would not know it. He is in amazing physical condition and can be fighting an extremely large level. The Cuban wrestling senstation is 9-2 overall in the UFC, with wins over the likes of Luke Rockhold, Chris Weidman, Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza, Lyoto Machida, Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson. Seven of the UFC successes have come by knockout, and 11 total of his wins have come by knockout. He has just been stopped once in his entire career, by Rafael”Feijao” Cavalcante back in Strikeforce, also at the UFC he’s only lost twice, both razor-thin decisions to Whittaker. In a lot of ways it is reasonable to consider Romero the second-best middleweight in the world behind only the Australian winner. But with two reductions to Whittaker, Romero is at the exact same spot as someone like Stephen”Wonderboy” Thompson in welterweight. Together with other contenders in the mix, Romero needs to keep busy and keep winning struggles in order to maybe receive a third title fight against the Whittaker vs. Gastelum winner.
Costa (12-0) is a perfect 4-0 at the UFC and all of his career victories have come by knockout or entry, including brutal knockouts over Johny Hendricks and Uriah Hall in his last two bouts. The Brazilian has been tagged the next big thing by many fans and media, but so far he is still quite unproven against the top echelon of this UFC middleweight division. At only 27, he is right in his prime and proceeds to demonstrate a better skill-set every time we see him inside the Octagon. No doubt he’s looked great against lesser opposition, and if he looks fantastic against Romero and has the win he will be in an enviable position when it comes to the middleweight title taken pecking order.
This is a superb fight, and also the fact it is place for five rounds makes it better. As far as that I prefer, I believe you need to tag Romero as the favored just based on everything he’s accomplished so far in the Octagon. Not to mention that when this fight was originally reserved for UFC 230, Romero was originally pegged as the betting favorite before the line was taken down. Costa has looked great lately, though, and he’s got a 14-year age benefit in this struggle, but till we see him really beat a top man it is difficult to say he must be favored over any of these. Regardless of who wins the fight, this should be an entertaining matchup and it is the perfect principal event for the Hispanic crowd in Miami.
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