Dana White has said he thinks Yoel Romero should leave middleweight behind him and move to 205. But, following his controversial loss at UFC 225, it doesn’t sound like that’s Romero’s plan.
Romero took on the champ Robert Whittaker on Saturday night, and ended up losing via split decision. The fight was closely contested, no question, but not everyone’s on board with how the fight was scored by the judges. Particularly the fifth round, as Romero floored Whittaker and dominated the frame, so many have argued the round should have been a 10 – 8 for the wrestler. None of the judges scored it that way.
Well, since Romero came in at 185.2 for the bout, and because he also missed weight for his fight in February with Luke Rockhold, White says the Cuban star should go to light-heavyweight. The UFC President repeated that belief after UFC 225 as well. So far, however, Romero and his camp have been arguing that “The Soldier of God” was the victor Saturday (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“Tonight, I don’t feel that I lost,” Romero reportedly said via an Instagram stream. “I am the champ. It’s like the movie, like Rocky Marciano. Today, I am black Rocky, the people’s champ.”
And then, Romero’s manager, Abraham Kawa, had this to say:
“Guys, he got robbed twice,” Kawa said. “Two times in Chicago. Commission took it from him. The judges took it from him. But I’ll tell you what: As fans, as people who watch the sport for a long time, that may have been one of the greatest fights I’ve ever seen in my life, and I know a lot of you guys feel the same way.
“Give it up for this man. This man did something impossible based on everything. He had a game plan, he executed the game plan, and he won that fight.”
Now, none of the comments specifically address Romero’s future, in terms of his weight class, sure. But, these comments, coupled with Romero’s claim the commission intervened too early in his second attempt to make 185, don’t make it sound like he’s ready to move on.
So, it will be interesting to see what happens with this moving forward. Can Romero and his team convince the UFC to take another look at a third fight with the champ?