Caribbean Sports activities – Meet The Caribbean Born Fighter In A UFC Championship Bout This Weekend

(RL) Yoel Romero of Cuba and UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya of Nigeria-New Zealand pose for the media during the UFC 248 Ultimate Media Day at UFC APEX on March 5, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari / Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


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From NAN Sports Editor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri March 6, 2020: When tomorrow night the fight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 248 begins, it will be Sat. On March 7, a Caribbean-born fighter will be in the ring in Las Vegas to challenge the African-born UFC champion. Here are 10 things you should know about him:

1: He is Yoel Romero, 42, born in Pinar del Río, Cuba, but lives in Miami, FL.

2: Romero is a mixed martial artist and former freestyle wrestler. As a freestyle wrestler, Romero is a former world gold medalist and an Olympic silver medalist. He won a total of six world and Olympic medals. Romero began wrestling training in the 1990s and eventually represented Cuba at the highest level at the FILA World Wrestling Championships, which took place from 1997 to 2005 in non-Olympic years. At the Wrestling World Championships in 1999 Romero became world champion by defeating the Olympic gold medalist Khadzhimurad Magomedov from Russia in 1996.

3: After Romero left for Germany in 2007, he made his professional mixed martial arts debut in December 2009. Between 2008 and 2011 Romero was trained by Sergej Kuftin (combat sambo and MMA trainer) and Zike Simic (kickboxing trainer), both from Peter Althof, at “Martial Arts Gym Nuremberg”. Over the next three years he accumulated an unbeaten record of 5-0 in various promotions across Germany and Poland.

4: Romero then joined the Ringer Bundesliga, a professional wrestling league in Germany where teams fight for team titles. Romero started as a starting member of SV Johannis Nürnberg and helped to train and train the team. Eventually he started moving into MMA.

5: Romero made his UFC and middleweight debut against Clifford Starks on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7. He won the fight by knocking out in the first round. The win also earned him the “Knockout of the Night” award

6: He is currently under contract with the UFC and competes in the middleweight division. As of August 19, 2019, he’s # 3 in the UFC Middleweight division.

7: Romero was informed of a possible doping violation resulting from an out-of-competition test conducted by USADA on January 13, 2016[55] After his fight with Ronaldo Souza on December 12, 2015 at UFC 194, where Romero won the fight by separation. On February 8, Romero and his manager stated that he had taken a supplement after his fight that was found to be contaminated. His team and USADA both sent the supplement for testing and it was confirmed that it contained a prohibited substance. This substance is not listed on the label, said his manager.

8: Romero took legal action against the Supplement Company, but they never included a response. After receiving a default judgment, Romero received $ 27 million in damages: $ 3 million for lost wages, $ 3 million for reputable damage, and $ 3 million for emotional damage It is found that a Company “committed consumer fraud”.

9: Although Romero never became a champion, he has made several comparisons to the greats of the sport based on his Olympic wrestling credentials and skill set within the UFC. He has several notable victories against former world champions as well as his rivalry with former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker. Because of his explosiveness and strength, he is widely considered to be one of the sportiest fighters to ever grace the octagon.

10: Romero will meet Adesanya on March 7, 2020. UFC 248 for the UFC Middleweight Title Adesanya will defend his middleweight title in Saturday’s Main Event, which starts at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN.