Yoel Romero will likely remain at light heavyweight, Bellator President, Scott Coker revealed.
Romero signed with Bellator after losing a lackluster decision to Israel Adesanya for the middleweight title. He was then booked to face Anthony Johnson but he was forced out of the fight, and later made his official debut in the main event of Bellator 266 in September as he lost a decision to Phil Davis.
After the loss, Romero talked about going back down to middleweight and wanting to face Gegard Mousasi. However, Coker says the Cuban is likely to stay at 205lbs.
“We’ve had conversations on both of those topics, (including) him going down to 185,” Coker recently told MMA Junkie. “He said he’ll do whatever. Personally, I think he’d like to stay at 205 and fight there. I think him and Gegard should fight at some point, whether it’s at 185 or a super fight at 205.”
With Yoel Romero staying at light heavyweight, it’s uncertain who he will fight next. He will have options for his next appearance but for Coker, he says he wants to see the conclusion of the light heavyweight Grand Prix before deciding what is next for the fan-favorite.
Yoel Romero Will Likely Remain At Light Heavyweight, Says Scott Coker
“Let’s also see how this tournament unfolds and unwinds and who is the champ,” Coker said. “Let’s get him some contender fights in between. Let’s say as the light heavyweight finals are going down toward the path of finishing, let’s get him a couple fights and see if he can get back into contention. As far as his weight class, that’s something we’ll reach out to him maybe in the next week and see what he’s thinking. I believe he’s going to want to stay at 205.”
Yoel Romero is currently 13-6 as a pro and on a four-fight losing skid. Before the setback to Davis in his debut and Adesanya for the belt, he dropped a decision to Paulo Costa, and to start the losing streak he lost a split decision to Robert Whittaker. Despite being on a losing streak, he remains a big name in the sport and will get a big name next.