Yoel Romero Reveals He Had Former UFC Champion On His Blacklist

Yoel Romero is still looking back on his latest win in the Octagon under the UFC banner. As seen in the main event of UFC 221 pay-per-view event at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia, Romero was able to score a knockout win over former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. This fight was supposed to be […]

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Yoel Romero is still looking back on his latest win in the Octagon under the UFC banner.

As seen in the main event of UFC 221 pay-per-view event at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia, Romero was able to score a knockout win over former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.

This fight was supposed to be for the interim title. However, that all changed once Romero missed weight. As a result of that, Rockhold could only win the interim title if he won the fight.

Instead of looking ahead to his upcoming title challenge of middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, he is looking into the past.

The title contender spoke with Ariel Helwani of The MMA Hour, and during his appearance on the radio show, he gave some insight into his beef with Rockhold.

It all started with his 2016 issue with USADA. If you recall, he failed an out-of-competition test in December 2015 that resulted in him being suspended for six months.

“You remember one day when you talked to me, I said I have only one list, a blacklist? He [was] on the blacklist,” Romero told Ariel Helwani (via MMA Fighting). “He knows why. He knows why. Because he talked a lot of (trash).

After USADA, when that happened, when I had this problem with USADA, he talked (trash). Before USADA, before, every time when he saw me, whether (in) Vegas or when the UFC made something like the (athlete) retreat, he’d say, ‘Hey, what’s up, my man? You want to go out with me? I need a party.’ I’d say, okay, come on, let’s go, no problem.”

“When I [was hanging out] with him, he was like a friend,” Romero continued. “He’d [put his arm around me] like this, ‘Yoel, what’s up?’ And every time, he asked me the big question. Every time, he asked me: ‘Hey Yoel, you want to fight with me?’ I’d say, ‘What?’ (He’d say,) ‘Yeah, so you want to fight?’ I’d say, ‘No, no, no. Wait, wait, wait, wait. That’s not the question. The question is, do you want to fight me?’ He’d say, ‘No, no, no. I don’t want to fight with you.’ So I’d say, ‘Okay, so you don’t want to fight me and I don’t want to fight you? That’s it.’”

Romero also revealed what he was saying to Rockhold after he knocked him out.

“In this moment, I said, ‘Hey, Luke. I love you. I love you,” Romero said. “You remember the time when you were staying with me, hanging out, and you said, ‘Do you want to fight me?’ I said, ‘You remember? And you see what happened after USADA? You remember? I’m still here. I love you.’”

“He didn’t [say] anything because he knows. He knows.”

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Joe Rogan Reacts To Yoel Romero’s Brutal Knockout At UFC 221

Although he was unable to win the interim UFC middleweight title after missing weight, Yoel Romero put one of the most brutal knockouts of the young year on Luke Rockhold in the main event of last Saturday’s UFC 221 from Perth, Australia. The win put ‘The Soldier of God’ in line for the next title […]

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Although he was unable to win the interim UFC middleweight title after missing weight, Yoel Romero put one of the most brutal knockouts of the young year on Luke Rockhold in the main event of last Saturday’s UFC 221 from Perth, Australia.

The win put ‘The Soldier of God’ in line for the next title shot at middleweight champ Robert Whittaker, who’s currently on the sidelines recovering from staph and chickenpox. But on an even bigger level, the KO showed just how scary and explosive Romero is, perhaps to the point of him being the most athletically talented fighter to ever step into the Octagon.

One man believes that could be the case, and that’s longtime Octagon commentator Joe Rogan. Rogan recently opened up on Romero’s dominant stoppage on a recent edition of The JRE MMA Show, noting to Brendan Schaub that Rockhold’s recent camp change may have been a great idea, but he simply ran into a buzzsaw in Romero:

“Look, it might have been a good move for him but he fought Yoel Romero. I mean the reality is, Yoel Romero is f****** horrifying.”

UFC veteran Schaub then said Rockhold could beat Romero on any given day as well, something that Rogan wasn’t as quick to agree with:

“He might be able to, but he also might be able to get hit exactly like he got hit in that fight every time they fight. Dude, you don’t know, man.”

As for Rockhold’s next move after two brutal knockout losses in his last three UFC bouts, Rogan actually suggested a move up in weight may help Rockhold just as it has surging fighters Whittaker and Rafael dos Anjos:

“Who knows? Maybe, I mean, he’s been talking about an inevitable climb to 205. He might be just like Whittaker, and like, um, who else are we talking about? Rafael dos Anjos, he might be a better fighter at 205.”

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Joe Rogan Reacts To Yoel Romero’s Brutal Knockout At UFC 221

Although he was unable to win the interim UFC middleweight title after missing weight, Yoel Romero put one of the most brutal knockouts of the young year on Luke Rockhold in the main event of last Saturday’s UFC 221 from Perth, Australia. The win put ‘The Soldier of God’ in line for the next title […]

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Although he was unable to win the interim UFC middleweight title after missing weight, Yoel Romero put one of the most brutal knockouts of the young year on Luke Rockhold in the main event of last Saturday’s UFC 221 from Perth, Australia.

The win put ‘The Soldier of God’ in line for the next title shot at middleweight champ Robert Whittaker, who’s currently on the sidelines recovering from staph and chickenpox. But on an even bigger level, the KO showed just how scary and explosive Romero is, perhaps to the point of him being the most athletically talented fighter to ever step into the Octagon.

One man believes that could be the case, and that’s longtime Octagon commentator Joe Rogan. Rogan recently opened up on Romero’s dominant stoppage on a recent edition of The JRE MMA Show, noting to Brendan Schaub that Rockhold’s recent camp change may have been a great idea, but he simply ran into a buzzsaw in Romero:

“Look, it might have been a good move for him but he fought Yoel Romero. I mean the reality is, Yoel Romero is f****** horrifying.”

UFC veteran Schaub then said Rockhold could beat Romero on any given day as well, something that Rogan wasn’t as quick to agree with:

“He might be able to, but he also might be able to get hit exactly like he got hit in that fight every time they fight. Dude, you don’t know, man.”

As for Rockhold’s next move after two brutal knockout losses in his last three UFC bouts, Rogan actually suggested a move up in weight may help Rockhold just as it has surging fighters Whittaker and Rafael dos Anjos:

“Who knows? Maybe, I mean, he’s been talking about an inevitable climb to 205. He might be just like Whittaker, and like, um, who else are we talking about? Rafael dos Anjos, he might be a better fighter at 205.”

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UFC 221 Medical Suspensions: Six Fighters Face Long Layoffs

With every decision comes a consequence and for those fighters who took part in battle at UFC 221, it’s their time to faces those consequences in the form of medical suspensions. UFC 221 took place on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia. The main card aired on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. […]

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With every decision comes a consequence and for those fighters who took part in battle at UFC 221, it’s their time to faces those consequences in the form of medical suspensions.

UFC 221 took place on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia. The main card aired on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card aired on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, at 6:45 p.m. ET.

Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero for the interim middleweight title served as the main event while Curtis Blaydes vs. Mark Hunt in a heavyweight bout served as the co-main event. Rounding out the five bout card was Cyril Asker vs. Tai Tuivasa in a heavyweight bout, Li Jingliang vs. Jake Matthews in a welterweight bout, and Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov in a light heavyweight bout.

Here are the entire medical suspensions:

Yoel Romero: suspended 180 days or until cleared by orthopedist for left middle finger; suspended a minimum of 30 days

Luke Rockhold: suspended 180 days or until cleared by dentist

Curtis Blaydes: suspended 180 days or until cleared by orthopedist for for left knee; suspended a minimum of 30 days

Mark Hunt: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for left ear laceration
Tai Tuivasa: suspended mandatory 7 days

Cyril Asker: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO

Jake Matthews: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for eyebrow laceration

Li Jingliang: suspended mandatory 7 days

Tyson Pedro: suspended mandatory 7 days

Saparbek Safarov: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for TKO

Dong Hyun Kim: suspended 180 days or until cleared by orthopedist for left proximal fibula fracture; suspended a minimum of 30 days

Damien Brown: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for right eyelid laceration

Israel Adesanya: suspended mandatory 7 days

Rob Wilkinson: suspended 180 days or until cleared by ear, nose, and throat or oral and maxillofacial doctor; suspended a minimum of 60 days with 45 days no contact

Alexander Volkanovski: suspended mandatory 7 days

Jeremy Kennedy: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO

Jussier Formiga: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for scalp laceration

Ben Nguyen: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO

Ross Pearson: suspended 45 days for dental evaluation

Mizuto Hirota: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact

Jose Quinonez: suspended 180 days or until cleared by orthopedist for right foot

Teruto Ishihara: suspended mandatory 7 days

Luke Jumeau: suspended 180 days or until cleared by orthopedist for right hand and second metacarpal fracture

Daichi Abe: suspended 45 days due to hard bout

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Michael Bisping Questions Officials Following Romero’s UFC 221 Kiss Fest

Michael Bisping is having a field day with Yoel Romero’s post-fight interaction with Luke Rockhold. In the main event of UFC 221, Romero and Rockhold did battle. The “Soldier of God” scored a third-round knockout victory. After the fi…

Michael Bisping is having a field day with Yoel Romero’s post-fight interaction with Luke Rockhold. In the main event of UFC 221, Romero and Rockhold did battle. The “Soldier of God” scored a third-round knockout victory. After the fight, Romero planted numerous kisses on his fallen opponent’s cheek. Rockhold looked to have no clue where […]

Michael Bisping Questions Officials Following Romero’s UFC 221 Kiss Fest

Michael Bisping is having a field day with Yoel Romero’s post-fight interaction with Luke Rockhold. In the main event of UFC 221, Romero and Rockhold did battle. The “Soldier of God” scored a third-round knockout victory. After the fi…

Michael Bisping is having a field day with Yoel Romero’s post-fight interaction with Luke Rockhold. In the main event of UFC 221, Romero and Rockhold did battle. The “Soldier of God” scored a third-round knockout victory. After the fight, Romero planted numerous kisses on his fallen opponent’s cheek. Rockhold looked to have no clue where […]