After coming in over weight in back to back fights at middleweight, it became clear for Yoel Romoero that he has to move to light heavyweight.
While being interviewed on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on ESPN, Romero’s manager Malki Kawa confirmed that the Cuban southpaw is looking to move up to 205 pounds.
“So we are talking to UFC about him moving up to light heavyweight,” Kawa said (transcript via MMA Mania). “And I think what we’re going to propose to them; well to be honest they offered us the Alexander Gustafsson fight (for UFC 227 on August 4th) and we accepted it.”
“But Gustafsson needed to fight in August and Yoel wanted to fight later because he has to have surgery, he broke his orbital. So there are talks for him to fight at light heavyweight.”
Romero is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Robert Whittaker at UFC 225. Kawa told Helwani that he wants Romero immediately to be considered as a top contender once he moved up to light heavyweight.
“So I was looking at his record and looking at some of the people he’s beat, and I don’t know what the fans will think about Yoel Romero and Daniel Cormier title fight since Daniel wants big fights and I think that would be the biggest fight to make,” Kawa said.
“When I look at this, and I don’t know how UFC would feel but Yoel Romero has beaten on his record five champions,” he continued. “Three UFC and two Strikeforce champions. He’s a monster in the Octagon.”
Quotes Transcribed by Bloody Elbow