UFC 225’s main event headliner admits that the idea of stepping up to 205lbs to face champion Daniel Cormier would be too good an opportunity to pass up on.
Yoel Romero will take his second stab at UFC middleweight glory this weekend as he attempts to avenge UFC 213 unanimous decision loss to the champion Robert Whittaker. Their first meeting, though a well-matched pairing of two of the very best in the division, saw the Reaper gradually impose himself on the contest, despite sustaining an injury to his left knee in the early stages.
Since then, Whittaker has been forced to sit out to heal from said injury but his opponent in the mean-time has managed to put away the former UFC and Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold with a vicious third-round KO.
Middleweight had been something of a mess up until the respective eras of both Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre came to an end but now, under the rule of its latest champion – something closer to normality has been restored.
Romero, at the grand old age of 41, will make what many would have assumed to be his last push towards a UFC belt but in a recent appearance ahead of this weekend’s event, he was posed with a question that elicited from it a very interesting response.
Speaking to those present during the official UFC 225 media scrum, The Soldier of God was asked about how a matchup with his fellow Olympian Daniel Cormier would sit with him and whether a move up to the light-heavyweight division could be on the horizon before he inevitably retires.
“Why not? That’s my job and a job for Dana too. [Cormier and I] have a good relationship for a long time. It’s like in wrestling. I can wrestle with him, it’s no problem. I can wrestle with him and after that I go eat lunch or something with him. Why not?
“That’s my division for 21 years. I never don’t make weight. That’s the first time.” (via MMAFighting)
Both men are well and truly in the twilight years of their respective careers and with DC’s focus firmly on his UFC 226 heavyweight super-fight against the long-serving champion Stipe Miocic, maybe don’t get too caught up on the idea of seeing this one become a reality any time soon.
Still though, if all doesn’t go well for the 205lb champ in July and the future of Jon Jones isn’t yet resolved, perhaps Romero – who could well hold the 185lb title after Saturday – would serve as a fitting opponent.
We all know how much the UFC loves a good super-fight these days!