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#1 Jolldan

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:00 AM

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After missing weight for two consecutive middleweight fights — an interim title fight with Luke Rockhold and an undisputed title fight with Robert Whittaker — Yoel Romero is most likely headed up to the 205-pound light heavyweight division.

 

Romero’s manager Malki Kawa confirmed this plan on Monday’s episode of Ariel Helwani’s MMA show on ESPN. Apparently, the plan was originally for Romero to fight Swedish light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson, but the pair’s scheduling didn’t line up. With that plan off the table, the new hope is for Romero to battle Daniel Cormier for light heavyweight gold.

 

“So we are talking to UFC about him moving up to light heavyweight,” Kawa said (transcribed by Nathan Zur for Sherdog). “And I think what we’re going to propose to them — well to be honest they offered us the Gustafsson fight and we accepted it. But Gustafsson needed to fight in August and Yoel wanted to fight later because he has to have surgery, he broke his orbital. So there are talks for him to fight at light heavyweight.

 

“So I was looking at his record and looking at some of the people he’s beat, and I don’t know what the fans will think about a Yoel Romero and Daniel Cormier title fight since Daniel wants big fights, and I think that would be the biggest fight to make,” Kawa continued.

 

“When I look at this, and I don’t know how UFC would feel, but Yoel Romero has beaten, on his record, five champions. Three UFC and two Strikeforce champions. He’s a monster in the Octagon. His fights with Robert Whittaker were razor thin and some people thought he won the second fight and he’s knocked out UFC champions. He is one of the best fighters in the UFC without a belt. He doesn’t have a fight and Cormier wants to fight somebody, maybe they will let us take that fight.”

 

 

 

Does a Daniel Cormier vs. Yoel Romero light heavyweight title fight interest you?

 

 

 


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:03 AM

Go 0-2, not make weight, get a title fight in a new weight class.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:04 AM

Does it interest me, yes, should it happen, no, he surely has to fight someone in that division first, its not like he was ever champion of MW, infact, he failed to make weight in 2 of the title shots he had out of 3 and lost 2 of them. Romero vs the winner of Gus and Oezdemir maybe


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:08 AM

Does it interest me, yes, should it happen, no, he surely has to fight someone in that division first, its not like he was ever champion of MW, infact, he failed to make weight in 2 of the title shots he had out of 3 and lost 2 of them. Romero vs the winner of Gus and Oezdemir maybe

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:10 AM

Gus vs Romero

Glover vs Oezdemir

 

Same card sounds good to me


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:11 AM

Gus vs Romero

Glover vs Oezdemir

 

Same card sounds good to me

 

We assuming Gus beats Oezdemir and Glover beats fighter nobody really gives a **** about because Latifi got injured



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:14 AM

Go 0-2, not make weight, get a title fight in a new weight class.

UFC logic.

 

Fixed.


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:19 AM

Yoel basically cleaned out the MW division.....he should easily be #1 contender at LHW given whos there right now(cans)...


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:23 AM

DC would dump that idiot on his head.
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:28 AM

Gus vs Romero

Glover vs Oezdemir

 

Same card sounds good to me

 

lol I don't want to see Gus run away and eye poke for 5 rounds


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:32 AM

Yoel basically cleaned out the MW division.....he should easily be #1 contender at LHW given whos there right now(cans)...

 

Basically cleaned out the division..... while not beating the champion... failing twice.... ok then, suppose Benavidez cleaned out his division before the pettis fight, Edgar before Ortega, Tony Fergunson, and Valentina Shevchenko all did it too if we are using your explanation of "Cleaning out a division" 



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:33 AM

DC would dump that idiot on his head.

 

 

lol, DC boasts about fighting and losing to the goat (supposedly) Khadzhimurat Gatsalov.............while Yoel fought and lost to the real GOAT's brother(Buvaisar Saitiev) and lost to get a silver medal.

 

Yoel has waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better wrestling credentials than DC bro.


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:36 AM

lol, DC boasts about fighting and losing to the goat (supposedly) Khadzhimurat Gatsalov.............while Yoel fought and lost to the real GOAT's brother(Buvaisar Saitiev) and lost to get a silver medal.

Yoel has waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better wrestling credentials than DC bro.


Didnt seem that way against Whittaker. He only landed 4 takedowns in the first fight and missed 14 of them and only landed 3 in the second fight and missed 7.

Doesnt sound waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy better to me, bro.
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:37 AM

lol, DC boasts about fighting and losing to the goat (supposedly) Khadzhimurat Gatsalov.............while Yoel fought and lost to the real GOAT's brother(Buvaisar Saitiev) and lost to get a silver medal.
 
Yoel has waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better wrestling credentials than DC bro.


Yoel isn't a wrestler dummy he's a striker
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:37 AM

Yoel also tied some bum for the most missed takedowns of any fighter ever.

Waaaaaaayyyyyy better.
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:38 AM

Do you even watch this chit?
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:41 AM

Basically cleaned out the division..... while not beating the champion... failing twice.... ok then, suppose Benavidez cleaned out his division before the pettis fight, Edgar before Ortega, Tony Fergunson, and Valentina Shevchenko all did it too if we are using your explanation of "Cleaning out a division" 

 

lol we all know who really won that fight...it was a one sided beating RW took.



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:44 AM

lol we all know who really won that fight...it was a one sided beating RW took.

 

You are an absolute **** retard, honest to god, when you post ****, everyones IQ that reads it drops. 


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:55 AM

Vertgin ignoring my facts that I posted. Typical
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:04 AM

YES! IDGAF.

 

I'm a fight fan first and foremost. 

 

If this happens this fight will be amazin. 


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:22 AM

Vertgin ignoring my facts that I posted. Typical

 

You ignored my DC eye poke facts video...lol..

 

Respond to that and Ill give you feedback here



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:28 AM

TBH i think DC would out wrestle Yoel. Yoel is predominatly a striker in MMA. He takes risk on the feet and doesn't care about getting taken down either. 

 

I see clinches being a bit of a see-saw battle but DC's strength getting the better of Yoel especially as the fight wears on. 

 

I'm way more interested in the striking & pace between those two. Both can crack and both can take a shot but I'm really most interested to see how Yoel's lull/speed/power matches up with DC's volume/pressure/pace. 


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:33 AM

Cuban logic.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:34 AM

Interesting fight if made


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:37 AM

rematch with rockhold at LHW?


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:39 AM

rematch with rockhold at LHW?

 

 

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:40 AM

Dc would destroy Romero much like Vert destroys brain cells and grammer.
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:41 AM

lol, DC boasts about fighting and losing to the goat (supposedly) Khadzhimurat Gatsalov.............while Yoel fought and lost to the real GOAT's brother(Buvaisar Saitiev) and lost to get a silver medal.

Yoel has waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better wrestling credentials than DC bro.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:57 AM

Well, they probably both walk around the same weight.



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:13 AM

You ignored my DC eye poke facts video...lol..

Respond to that and Ill give you feedback here



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:24 AM

Triggered by facts.

 

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:43 AM

Yoel is losing to welterweights, he has zero chance against a heavyweight
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:48 AM

If this happens this fight will be amazin. 

 

Unless DC goes back on his plan to retire by his 40th birthday, I don't see it happening.

 

I'll honestly be pretty surprised if DC ever fights at LHW again, because Brock isn't going to be eligible until January and I don't see them booking DC before the Brock fight and his 40th birthday is next March.


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:54 AM

Unless DC goes back on his plan to retire by his 40th birthday, I don't see it happening.

I'll honestly be pretty surprised if DC ever fights at LHW again, because Brock isn't going to be eligible until January and I don't see them booking DC before the Brock fight and his 40th birthday is next March.


And he is apparently out 6 months if what I heard is true so that puts him in the timeline with Brock
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:55 AM

Unless DC goes back on his plan to retire by his 40th birthday, I don't see it happening.

 

I'll honestly be pretty surprised if DC ever fights at LHW again, because Brock isn't going to be eligible until January and I don't see them booking DC before the Brock fight and his 40th birthday is next March.

 

I honestly don't see him retiring, he originally said the retiring thing after the Jones fight and ****, now that he is literally on top of the world he may have changed him mind  



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 11:10 AM

I honestly don't see him retiring, he originally said the retiring thing after the Jones fight and ****, now that he is literally on top of the world he may have changed him mind  

 

I get the impression that retiring at 40 has been a long term plan for him, but we'll see.

 

I'm certainly never going to be surprised if a fighter changes their mind about retirement. This Liddell/Ortiz fight is Tito's what? Third time coming out of retirement?



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 11:22 AM

DC just won a fight where he didnt even cut weight, maybe had a cleaner diet than his usual snickers bar and burger routine, but at 39 years old if you think hes gonna wanna cut 50+ lbs to fight Yoel you are crazy.. 

 

he would only go back to 205 for Jones.. theres no name big enough right now that would make him the $ that a brock or jones would... it would take LeBron James to come to the octagon for him to want to take a fight against anyone other than Brock or jones.


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 12:06 PM

Until DC landed the KO blow it looked to me as if he was losing the fight.


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 12:09 PM

I like how his manager says this would be the biggest fight DC could make. I think only one on this form could think of at least a half a dozen bigger fights for DC off the top of their head.

-Lesnar, obviously.
- rematches with Gus, Jones and Miocic.
-literally any top five heavyweight.
-Cain Velasquez, his longtime training partner. Just imagine if there is a few dead suddenly transpired between those two, make believe or not.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 12:14 PM

Unless DC goes back on his plan to retire by his 40th birthday, I don't see it happening.

I'll honestly be pretty surprised if DC ever fights at LHW again, because Brock isn't going to be eligible until January and I don't see them booking DC before the Brock fight and his 40th birthday is next March.


Jones will be avalible by winter i beleive

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 12:42 PM

Until DC landed the KO blow it looked to me as if he was losing the fight.

Me too, I as well as someone else mentioned that it looked like he was getting tired too.
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 01:42 PM

it should be a 1 round fight if it happens, the fans don't care about cardio bunnies 


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:18 PM

Go 0-2, not make weight, get a title fight in a new weight class.

Cuban logic.


sounds like a NEWFC move for sure
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 03:48 PM

I wonder if "HIS" plan had something to do with him not being able to make fookin weight


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 03:49 PM

Until DC landed the KO blow it looked to me as if he was losing the fight.

 

does it really matter who was winning up until the KO if its a FIRST round stoppage?


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 04:26 PM

Cormier responded

 

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 04:42 PM

Jones will be avalible by winter i beleive


He shouldn’t be.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 05:45 PM

King Roids, if you see this, I'll be a DC fan if this fight gets made


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 06:11 PM

 

lol yeah its kind of like that time DC didnt make weight for a title fight.



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 06:15 PM

that's the perfect response lol


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