Yoel Romero appeared on Ariel Helwani’s live show yesterday to reveal the next steps in his career. Romero’s interviews on the call-in show are always eventful and this was no exception.
Last month, the UFC announced that Romero would face Paulo Costa at Madison Square Garden. Helwani and Romero’s team indicated at the time that the announcement was premature.
During Monday’s interview, Romero clarified that he does want to face Costa but the bout will not take place in New York.
The reason Romero gave for delaying the middleweight clash is that he is suffering with an eye injury. The Cuban fighter’s orbital bone was injured in a five round war with middleweight champion Robert Whittaker back in June. According to Romero’s doctors, he will be back in action in four to five months.
Romero is eager to return to the octagon despite being in the midst of recovery. ‘The Soldier of God’ revealed that he has extended his contract with the UFC for eight more fights.
An interesting detail is that he has nixed plans to move up in weight. This is something of a U-turn as Romero and his manager were calling-out Daniel Cormier on Twitter recently. It is also worth noting that Romero has missed the 185 pound weight limit multiple times.
Yoel did state that he would consider moving up to 205 pounds if he wins the middleweight title. This is no surprise given that we are in an era of champion versus champion superfights.
Source: Ariel Helwani