Back in July, the UFC announced a key middleweight bout in Paulo Costa vs Yoel Romero. However, the promotion had jumped the gun in confirming the 185 pound clash.
First thought to take place in November, the bout will now be further down the calender. Yoel Romero’s doctor has ruled him out of competition for four to five months due to an eye injury.
Costa has since told MMA Fighting that he intends to sit out until Romero returns. ‘Borrachina’ wants to face Romero in January. There are no location details for the events beyond December, however, this clash is worthy of a co-main spot on a pay-per-view.
It would have been a great boon for the rising star to fight at UFC 230, one of the biggest events this year. With that said, Weidman; Rockhold and ‘Jacare’ are all booked up. Any other opponent would be a demotion.
Romero is ranked number one below champion, Robert Whittaker who he faced in his last outing. Costa acknowledges this in the interview:
“Fighting in New York and then fighting with Romero would make more sense, but there’s not enough time”.
A win over Romero would springboard Costa’s career to new heights. The winner of Weidman vs Rockhold will likely get the title shot after Gastelum. Nevertheless, a clear path to the title picture is forming for Costa and some new blood is badly needed there.
Source: MMA Fighting