Yoel Romero is a rising star in the UFC.
Ranked at number fourteen in the promotion’s middleweight division, the Olympic wrestling silver medalist – 2000 Sydney Games – is quickly garnering a name for himself as a fighter to be watched.
3 – 0 in the UFC and 7 – 1 career, Romero has finished every opponent he has faced by way of T/KO. His one loss came at the hands of Rafael Cavalcante and stood as his last fight at light-heavyweight. Since moving down a class to middleweight, Romero has been perfect in his winning and finishing percentages.
The Cuban born fighter’s next outing will be on April 19th when he takes on the decision heavy Brad Tavares at UFC on FOX 11. Tavares is ranked one spot ahead of Romero at number thirteen on the division ladder, and where he doesn’t have Romero’s finishing rate he does, however, carry a ten year age advantage – he’s 26 and Romero 36 – over the “Soldier of God.” As such, Tavares might well prove young enough and fast enough to avoid being finished by Romero.
In lead-up to the fight the event, the FOX Sports has released a video on Romero and his path from the poverty of Cuba to his UFC opportunities. As the “American Top Team” member tells it, he was a world class athlete looking at what other great athletes had accomplished and were providing for their families, and realized that if he wanted to do the same for his family that he’d have to leave Cuba. Feeling “cheated,” Romero said he had to take “drastic measures” to get out of the island nation; it was “mandatory.”
Happily, Romero is now able to provide a decent living for his family and through a job that he loves. And that’s exactly how he sees fighting, as a job, and nothing else.
Here’s a small glimpse into the life of UFC middleweight Yoel Romero.