UFC Middleweight challenger Yoel Romero turns 43 in April, but says he plans on fighting for another 10 years, into his fifties.
Romero, who fights Israel Adesanya this Saturday for the UFC Middleweight title, is one of the oldest fighters on the UFC roster. Amazingly, he is in incredible physical and mental shape and is ranked in the top-5 at Middleweight, despite being the oldest fighter in the division.
In an interview with TMZ Sports, Romero said that he plans on competing for another decade, which puts him well into his fifties. Listen to what “The Soldier of God” had to say when asked about how long he wants to keep competing in MMA.
“Not too much. 10 years,” Romero said, while showing off his abs to the interviewer.
By the time most fighters are in their late thirties, they start to slow down. For Romero to continue competing at such a high level in his early forties is nothing short of amazing. Competing into their fifties is something that doesn’t happen often in MMA or any professional sport for that matter, so if Romero can truly do that it would be an incredible feat.
To realize his plans, Romero will first need to get through Adesanya and take home the UFC Middleweight crown this weekend at UFC 248 in Las Vegas. This will mark Romero’s 3rd world title fight in his last 5 Octagon appearance. He previously lost to Robert Whittaker twice and beat Luke Rockhold for the vacant belt, but missed weight and was therefore made ineligible to take home the title. Hopefully, 4th time’s the charm and there are no weight related issues this time around. Romero recently revealed his current weight ahead of UFC 248 and said that if he wins, he would be willing to rematch Adesanya in Australia or New Zealand.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 4th March, 2020.