Yoel Romero Plans To Change Weight Classes
The middleweight category is not Yoel Romero’s final destination in Bellator.
Romero, a previous title challenger in the UFC, intends to return to the division where he first established himself in the MMA world.
The light heavyweight matchup between Romero (14-6 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) and Melvin Manhoef (32-15-1 MMA, 4-4 BMMA) is now set for Bellator 285 on September 23 in Dublin. Romero is a significant favorite going into the battle.
The 45-year-old, though, claimed he doesn’t consider the odds and is only concerned with giving a strong performance.
“For me, it’s a pleasure to be fighting in Dublin,” Romero told MMA Junkie.
“It’s one of those places where people would love to put on a show. As far as Melvin, I don’t think about whether I’m going to beat him easily or not. No. What I do think about is doing my job, putting in play what we’ve been practicing in camp, and getting my hand raised in victory.”
Romero is competing in his third Bellator match when he faces Manhoef. He has only ever competed at 205 pounds thus far.
After this match, the Cuban boxer thinks that will change.
“My goals are still the same, my ambitions are still the same – become champion in both divisions,” Romero said.
“I’m fighting at 205 in this fight and after this fight, lose some weight and go down to 185 pounds. Resists a little more, not eat as much and go down to my old division, 185 pounds.”