What Is Next For Soldier Of God?
Wah-wah-wee-wah!! The MMA world has been hit with one heck of a bombshell, fight fans! One of the things that makes MMA so glorious is how unpredictable it can be, right? That being said, I never thought I’d see feared Cuban Mixed Martial Artist Yoel Romero (13-5) get cut from the UFC. Much is still unknown about the circumstances of his release, though Ariel Helwani tweeted that Romero had three fights left on his contract.
Even after a three fight losing streak, this is still quite tough to wrap the brain around. Before the dance off and lackluster title fight with Israel Adesanya, Yoel “Soldier Of God” Romero was a top ranked, feared one eighty five pounder. A former Olympic Wrestler, Yoel Romero quickly developed a reputation for being a brutal counter striking knockout artist. His fights with Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa are the stuff of legend. Had he not missed weight, his victory against Luke Rockhold would have earned him UFC gold!
So how did we get here? Well, majorly playing devil’s advocate here, “Soldier Of God” has had a history of controversial fights. Remember “Stool-Gate” with Tim Kennedy? Missing weight and knocking out Luke Rockhold muddied the waters of the title picture for a short time. We saw a Champion get defeated and go home with his belt on his waist just because the true winner couldn’t make the agreed upon weight. Romero has had two opportunities for The Interim Belt and two shots at the real deal. Half of the time, the Olympic Silver Medalist missed weight.
Since “Soldier Of God’s” 2013 debut with the promotion, UFC President Dana White has had his up’s and downs with Romero. While quick to acknowledge his athletic accomplishments and skills, White also always had measured enthusiasm for the Cuban Olympic Wrestler. I would guess this is because Dana White thinks more about the lackluster UFC 248 performance, the weight misses and not so much about the press conference backflip.
I see one way for Romero. Still a dangerous contender, Bellator certainly has a place for him. “Soldier Of God” would probably get an immediate title shot against Gegard Mousasi (47-7-2). Both Mousasi and Romero are at similar twilight points of their MMA careers and this would be a banger of a fight! Romero has also discussed potentially moving up to Light Heavyweight. Should Romero make these intentions clear to Bellator President Scott Coker, we could see Vadim Nemkov make his first title defense against the legend. Both are great fights.
Hopefully we see “Soldier Of God” sooner rather than later…but not boxing a Paul brother! Jeez, it would be a shame to see Yoel Romero venture into boxing of any kind, really. Remember, you would then be taking away key signature weapons in his arsenal. Knees and elbows, baby! “Ditty Boxing”! He’d have that counter left ready to rock but c’mon…we don’t need to see that. There are too many matchups in MMA for Yoel that we need to see and I believe that this legend is above sideshow fights, at least for now. What do you think? Comment below!