It has taken just four UFC fights for Yoel Romero to establish himself as one of the most fearsome forces in the middleweight division.
Romero (8-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC), a one-time Olympic silver medalist, has transitioned to a career in MMA, where he’s found nothing but success, most recently dominating Brad Tavares (12-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) in lopsided fashion at UFC on FOX 11 this past weekend.
Romero’s combination of world-class grappling and devastating striking power was too much for Tavares to handle, and it’s essentially been the same story for every opponent “The Soldier of God” has faced inside the octagon.
The 36-year-old currently finds his personal stock at an all-time high, which means now would be the perfect time to capitalize on his momentum and request a top-tier opponent for his next bout.
Romero is not about to do that, though, mainly because he’s not the type to actively seek out fights.
“I know some fighters will go ahead and call somebody out,” Romero told MMAjunkie Radio. “That’s not my style. Whatever opponent is in front of me is God’s plan, and I leave it up to him to decide.”
If Romero is unwilling to call out a certain opponent, he at least must be thinking about where he fits into the very crowded middleweight division, right? Wrong.
Despite owning four wins in a row under the UFC banner (the second longest middleweight winning streak behind champion Chris Weidman), Romero claims he hasn’t put much consideration into his place in the weight class.
While he would certainly like to fight Weidman, the American Top Team product says it’s up to his employers to decide what more he needs to accomplish before challenging for the belt.
“I really haven’t though about it,” Romero said of earning a title shot. “I’m not exactly sure. I just leave it up to the UFC to decide how many more fights I need to get there.”