Yoel Romero has a certain mystique that follows him wherever he goes. Partly down to his lack of English, his constant references to God the Almighty who has taken time out to personally steer his career. At 40 years young, Romero still has all the attribute of an elite athlete many years his junior.
Even many athletes his junior would never have those same attributes. He has been gifted, perhaps even by the Almighty himself! He takes on Robert Whittaker this weekend in an interim title fight in the UFC’s middleweight division. As the pair co-main the UFC 213 Nunes vs Shevchenko card.
But Yoel Romero road to where he finds himself hasn’t been without some bumps along the way. Back in 2001, he suffered his one and only loss as a professional. In what looked to be an absolute war with Rafael Feijao at Strikeforce Barnett vs. Kharitonov. In that fight he was pushed to his very limits, suffering a devastating KO loss. It’s the only blemish you will find on his resume as a professional Mixed Martial Artist.
Lesson’s Learned By Romero
But the question is are there lessons to be learned from that fight for the Whittaker camp. It was quite a few years ago in terms of professional fighters. And Romeo has looked better and better each and every time he has stepped into the cage.
But like Feijao, Whittaker is cut from the very same cloth. With his abilities very much invested in the art of striking. With a diverse toolbox of strikes to choose from. It was that same diversity which overawed Yoel’s sheer brute force and Olympic calibre wrestling.
Can Robert Whittaker do the same and give the soldier of God his second only loss in his professional career? We find out when the two step inside the Octagon Saturday night at UFC 213.