Yoel Romero has officially ruled himself out of his UFC 230 matchup with Paulo Costa.
Not exactly the news you’d hope to wake up to, eh?
Romero’s second bout with Robert Whittaker was an instant-classic, one that displayed both men’s grit and resolve to the highest of levels.
Surviving shots that would have crippled most 205lb-rs, the 185lb champion Whittaker was able to weather several terrifying storms to get his hand raised when all was said and done.
Despite the fact that he is now 0-2 against the champ, the margins were so fine that absolutely no-one would complain if the Cuban were lined up for a trilogy matchup with ‘The Reaper’.
Yoel was reportedly being lined up for an incredibly violent pairing with in-form contender Paulo Costa at UFC 230 and while the fight was confirmed at first by the promotion, it has since fallen into a state of uncertainty.
Romero confirmed our worst fears in a recent interview in which he revealed that he will be forced to sit out for November’s Madison Square Garden date.
Speaking to ESPN, ‘The Soldier Of God’ made it clear that he is going to listen to his doctors as opposed to jumping back into an incredibly dangerous matchup like Costa so soon after UFC 225.
“Maybe four or five months. The doctor said, ‘Yoel needs more time.’ You know me. If you give me somebody, I take it. But you need to be smart. When the doctor says, ‘You’re ready,’ you can go. I’m waiting.”
It’s not exactly clear what will happen with the Brazilian Costa or if he will remain on the card but one would hope that the UFC realise exactly how great a matchup they have on their hands with these two and rebook it as soon as possible.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena