UFC veteran and four-time title challenger Yoel Romero looks set to join Bellator and compete in their 205 lbs. light heavyweight division. The 43-year old Romero joins Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in joining Bellator from the UFC this month. Romero competed in freestyle wresting at the 2000 Summer Olympics and the 2004 Summer Olympics, representing his home nation of Cuba. He won the silver medal in the 2000 freestyle competition and finished in fourth place in 2004.
The “Soldier of God” started his career at 205 lbs. before cutting to 185 and competing in the middleweight division. He has fought nearly every middleweight of note over the course of his 7-year UFC tenure, compiling a record of 9-4. He is currently on a 3-fight slide, having dropped decisions to Robert Whittaker, Paulo Costa and current champ Israel Adesanya in a lackluster affair back in March.
The Bellator light heavyweight division now consists of:
- Corey Anderson (signed 2020)
- Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (signed 2020)
- Yoel Romero (signed 2020)
- Ryan Bader
- Vadim Nemkov (c)
- Gegard Mousasi (c) (moving up from middleweight)
- Lyoto Machida
- Phil Davis
That’s eight world-class fighters, several of which (Anderson, Johnson, Romero, Machida) have big wins over some of the top guys at the UFC. UFC boss Dana White has announced cuts of up to 60 more fighters this year, so things could get even more interesting for the California-based Bellator and its roster of fighters.