Although Yoel Romero has showcased some pretty dangerous hands, chances are most people believe he should try to take Lyoto Machida to the mat, when they meet on June 27th. Does the decorated wrestler also feel this way? Evidently not.
Romero and Machida will battle at the TUF Brazil 4 Finale later this month, in a fight that features the #6 ranked middleweight Romero, taking on the #4th ranked Machida.
Of course, anyone who has followed the career of Machida, knows that his striking pedigree is world class. Not only is “The Dragon” one of the more elusive strikers in the game, he has the ability to end your night with one punch or kick.
Well, recently Romero appeared on “Submission Radio” to discuss the upcoming bout. While doing so, the powerful middleweight relayed the following through his manager, Heber Mendez (quote via Mixed Martial Arts.com):
“Yoel said that he doesn’t have a problem if he has to stand up and strike with Machida,” said Mendez. “He says that his team has been training everything. They’ve been training Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Muay Thai, and standing up, boxing, and striking. He says if he’s in the clinch with Machida then he’ll use his Muay Thai, if he’s on the ground he’ll use his wrestling and Jiu Jitsu, and if he stays standing then he’ll use his boxing and his striking techniques that he’s been practicing with his team, and that he’s not really worried about standing with Machida. He says that he’s very confident in his stand up game and that wherever the fight goes is where he’s willing to take it. He doesn’t really have a specific option that he’s looking to do.”
How about that huh? While Romero says he’s confident in his abilities to hang with Machida standing, and for good reason, chances are he’ll be shooting in a few times.
The upcoming card will go down at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Machida-Romero has the potential to be a very memorable scrap.