What’s Next For Yoel Romero? Chris Weidman At Light Heavyweight?
Coming off the poorly received middleweight title fight against Israel Adesanya at UFC 248, Yoel Romero might be ready for greener pastures. His long time manager Malki Kawa, has reported that the Cuban powerhouse was in talks for a light heavyweight bout at the now postponed UFC 250, against a familiar face in Chris Weidman.
The two men met nearly four years ago in a middleweight contest at UFC 205. The bout was a fantastic back and forth encounter that ended with Romero landing a highlight reel flying knee knockout.
During a recent Instagram Live session (as transcribed by MMA Fighting), Kawa revealed that Weidman’s name had recently came up as a potential opponent for Romero.
”They actually offered us Weidman for this next fight, but Yoel has an orbital eye injury and I was waiting to see if I could get him cleared to fight May 9th and they cancelled the event.”
Talks of Romero moving up to light heavyweight aren’t new. Back in 2018, after missing weight in two failed championship bids, Kawa suggested a change of division. Instead, the highly decorated Cuban wrestler stuck around at 185 pounds, where he is now 1-4 in his last five fights. Some of the losses were razor close are debatable, but asterisks non withstanding, the question of what comes next is clear.
”He might fight Weidman at 205 [pounds], or anybody at 205 depending on how much time we have to get prepared. If not, he’s going to fight mostly at 185,” Malki Kawa concluded.
So What’s Next?
That’s the conundrum for Romero, who finds himself on a three fight losing streak at 42 years old.
One thing is certain, comebacks and resurrection are nothing new in the fight game. And with Dana White still claiming that the UFC will be up and running very soon on his Fight Island, I suggest you stay tuned. Sometimes old dogs will surprise you with new tricks.
Who would you like to see Yoel Romero fight next?