Paulo Costa Wants Yoel Romero To Wait Until March For A Bout

Paulo Costa is hoping Yoel Romero waits for him to fully recover before stepping back inside the Octagon. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) wanted to book Costa vs. Romero twice. The first time, plans were in place to have this bout go down at U…

Paulo Costa is hoping Yoel Romero waits for him to fully recover before stepping back inside the Octagon. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) wanted to book Costa vs. Romero twice. The first time, plans were in place to have this bout go down at UFC 230 this past Saturday night (Nov. 3). That didn’t happen […]

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Paulo Costa Issues Statement After Pulling From Yoel Romero Fight

Paulo Costa has commented on his withdrawal from fighting Yoel Romero.

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The UFC just can’t seem to lock down a fight between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa.

Initially, the middleweight collision was scheduled for UFC 230 on pay-per-view (PPV) from Madison Square Garden. However, an injury from Romero forced him to pull off the New York card. The fight was then scheduled to headline the UFC’s first card on ESPN+ in January.

The January 19th event goes down from Brooklyn, New York. Now, Costa has been forced off the card with an injury of his own. He took to Instagram to issue an official statement on the matter. Here’s what the Brazilian had to say:

“Yes, unfortunately I am still injured, the same injury I had before fighting Uriah hall and will be ready to fight in March 2019. I waited for Romero 3 months, he can not wait 2 for me? The belt is coming.”

As for Romero, ESPN reports that he doesn’t want to wait around for the young man to get healthy again. Instead, he’s seeking a fight with former 185-pound champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva. It remains to be seen whether or not the UFC is actually pursuing Silva as a replacement opponent for Romero.

Silva hasn’t competed since defeating Derek Brunson via unanimous decision in February of 2017.

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Yoel Romero Sets Sights on Anderson Silva for Jan. 2019

ESPN reported Wednesday afternoon that the UFC was planning to have Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa headline the first event of the year, UFC Fight Night 143, however injury to Costa have foiled those plans. The Romero camp has now come forward with a solu…

ESPN reported Wednesday afternoon that the UFC was planning to have Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa headline the first event of the year, UFC Fight Night 143, however injury to Costa have foiled those plans. The Romero camp has now come forward with a solution and a name: the consensus greatest middleweight of all time, […]

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Six Fighters Who Could Win Titles At Different Weight Classes

Competing at a more natural weight is a welcomed trend in today’s MMA. With many fighters ditching their draining weight cuts, we broke down six fighters who could win a championship at a different weight class. It used to be that fighters wanted to cut as much weight as possible in an attempt to compete […]

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Competing at a more natural weight is a welcomed trend in today’s MMA. With many fighters ditching their draining weight cuts, we broke down six fighters who could win a championship at a different weight class.

It used to be that fighters wanted to cut as much weight as possible in an attempt to compete at the lightest weight class possible. The thought was, having a substantial size advantage would translate into easier fights. Although many fighters have had success with this blueprint, in recent years the paradigm has shifted.

Fighters like Sam Alvey and Anthony Smith have recently decided to change things us. Both men were competing at middleweight, and having decent success, but since moving to light heavyweight both men have fast-tracked their fight careers. Smith is fighting Volkan Oezdimer in a potential 205-pound title eliminator bout, and Alvey has won two of three since changing classes.

That got us thinking here at LowkickMMA. Could other fighters benefit from switching things up? Here is our list of six fighters who could win gold at a different weight class:

Kelvin Gastelum – Welterweight

Fighters changing weight classes to better their performances is old hat. Take The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum.

After winning TUF 17, Gastelum announced he would be moving down to welterweight. The then 21-year-old Gastelum had success at 170 pounds despite battling with weight issues.

After repeated failed attempts to make the welterweight limit, UFC President Dana White strongly urged Gastelum to move back up to 185 pounds. Since moving back to middleweight Gastelum has gone 5-2, beating former middleweight champion Michael Bisping in the process.

He’ll now challenge Robert Whittaker for the middleweight title, but has often teased a return to welterweight to compete for that belt as well.

Gold could very well be in the future for Gastelum. Whether it’s at middleweight or welterweight remains to be seen.

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Yoel Romero Responds To Luke Rockhold’s Recent Comments

Yoel Romero has fired back at the former UFC middleweight champion.

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Yoel Romero responds to former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold over the recent comments that he made towards his way. Romero was 9-1 in his past 10 prior to his latest bout at UFC 225. That’s very impressive for someone who is over the age of 40.

Romero missed weight for his rematch against UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in the main event of June’s UFC 225 pay-per-view event from Chicago, Illinois. He originally weighed in at 186 pounds and had two hours to cut to make championship weight. However, his second attempt had him at 0.2 pounds overweight and ultimately saw him lose to the UFC champion by decision.

Before that, however, he destroyed former champion Luke Rockhold via KO at February’s UFC 221. That rivalry is still raging on due to some comments Rockhold recently made.

Romero Responds

Earlier this week, Rockhold called Romero a “cheap f*ck” as well as stating that he would entertain a second fight at light heavyweight. This is all if Romero would be interested in making that rematch happen.

Their History

“The Soldier of God” ended up knocking out Rockhold in the main event of the UFC 221 pay-per-view event. Although Romero didn’t clarify whether he would be interested in accepting this fight, he did at least give a response.

Statement

It should be noted that his manager, Malki Kawa, has gone on record in the past by stating that Romero is considering making a big weight class change heading into his next fight.

“Somebody remind Luke Rockhold the last time he look for me what happened.”

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Yoel Romero Responds To Luke Rockhold’s Recent Comments

Yoel Romero responds to Luke Rockhold’s recent comments. Romero and Rockhold did battle earlier this year. The bout was to be contested for the interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title. Instead, the title was only up for gr…

Yoel Romero responds to Luke Rockhold’s recent comments. Romero and Rockhold did battle earlier this year. The bout was to be contested for the interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title. Instead, the title was only up for grabs for Rockhold because Romero missed weight. “The Soldier of God” ended up knocking out Rockhold in […]

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