UFC Middleweight challenger Yoel Romero has given an update of his current weight ahead of the UFC 248 title fight against Israel Adesanya this weekend.
Yoel Romero has the opportunity of a lifetime this weekend as he attempts to become UFC Middleweight Championship away, taking the title from “The Last Stylebender”. A lot of the fans and media are focused on the fight itself, but many are wondering whether or not the “Soldier of God” will even make weight. The Cuban has had issues with weight cutting in previous fights. Romero previously fought for the UFC Middleweight title against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221, knocking out the American fighter in the 3rd-round. Unfortunately, Romero had missed weight, therefore was eligible to win the belt. A similar incident just happened at UFC Norfolk, where Deiveson Figueiredo beat Joseph Benavidez for the vacant Flyweight title, but was ineligible to win the belt due to missing weight.
With Romero’s history of weight cuts, given the fact that he has missed weight in 2 of his last 3 fights fans are concerned. Both of those, against Robert Whittaker and Luke Rockhold were initially for a title.
During an interview for ESPN MMA with Ariel Helwani on Monday, the “Soldier of God” revealed that he still had to cut 13lbs before the official weigh-ins on Friday morning.
“198, muy bien,” Romero said. “Normally I am 202, depending. It is totally different now. Now I have time for training. That is the difference. I have a time for my training, in my camp. No excuses. It’s no problem for me when I have time for my training. I am not thinking about my weight for my fight. I am thinking about my training camp. Because you need to lose your weight in training camp.”
The championship weight for the Middleweight title is 185lbs. Romero will need to hit that to be in with chance at winning the title from Adesanya.
Despite his recent losses and being the underdog, Yoel Romero will go into the UFC 248 main event, considered by many fans as the scariest, most dangerous man in the division.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 3rd March, 2020.
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