The scheduled bout between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa at UFC 230 will have to wait as Romero is withdrawing from their MMA fight.
In an interview with ESPN's Ariel Helwani, Romero explained that he will need more time off as recommended by his doctor. He also said that his manager has already talked with UFC President Dana White and said he can fight "but not right now."
Romero fought Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker last June where he suffered a broken orbital bone. He had immediate surgery to repair but his doctor is unable to clear him to compete as early as November.
Itching to get back
Romero has had a history of missing weight on multiple occasions but is willing to put his plans to move to Light Heavyweight on hold as he looks forward to another title opportunity at Middleweight.
When asked about a potential move, Romero said that "I talked with the UFC and said I'm not going to go up." Furthermore, he said that "People need to see that belt on my body. When I take that belt, maybe I'll go up and fight a superfight."
A race against time?
The Olympic silver medalist is now 41 and cutting huge amounts of weight may not be a good idea in the long run. He can still make weight shall he be given another chance to fight for the middleweight title but if he loses this one, its time to move up a weight class.
It does not seem like Romero will be slowing down despite his age as he is still in tremendous shape and is still very athletic. Shall his fight with Costa happen sometime down the line, he must impress as he races against time as far as his stint at Middleweight is concerned.
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