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Yoel Romero Planning To Sue Illinois State Athletic Commission

UFC middleweight Yoel Romero’s management has claimed that they are planning on filing a lawsuit against the Illinois State Athletic Commission.

UFC 225’s main-event pairing of Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero was about as good a fight as we’ve seen all year where both men displayed a near-inhuman ability to absorb damage over the course of the five rounds. It was Romero’s iron jaw against the ridiculous recovery skills of ‘the Reaper’ and while it was the Aussie-born champ who got the judges’ nod, the fight was so close that it could have gone either way without much debate.

And although it was a middleweight title match in the minds of most, on paper, some controversy during fight-week led to that label being stripped.

Yoel Romero missed weight by 0.2lbs ahead of the official weigh-ins but according to word from his camp, the two hours he should have been allotted for his second attempt to cut down was abruptly ended half-way through by the Illinois State Athletic Commission due to concerns over the Cuban’s ability to shave those final pounds.

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 12: Yoel Romero celebrates after a middleweight fight against Ronaldo Souza during UFC 194 on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

The decision cost the former-Olympian his opportunity to fight for the undisputed title as well as 20% of his fight-purse and his Performance of the Night bonus of $50,000.

Speaking to host Ariel Helwani on the final ever episode of The MMA HourRomero’s managers Malki and Abe Kawa made it clear that they felt as though they were wronged by the Illinois State Athletic Commission and as a result, would be filing a lawsuit.

“We’re gonna sue them. I’m gonna send the paperwork soon. It’s going out probably this week.

“The whole plan was to use those two hours. So everything we did from that point going forward in the weight cut was to use those extra two hours slotted to us.”

Still, with the fight now in the past, many have wondered exactly what the future holds for ‘The Soldier of God’ and while absolutely no-one would protest a third helping of violence from himself and the champ, a move to 205lbs could be on the cards instead.

The light-heavyweight ranks have been in need of an injection of fresh talent for some time now and as an absolutely huge middleweight, there wouldn’t be too much fear that Yoel would be undersized should he decide to make the step up.

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