Yoel Romero Biography | Yoel Romero
Yoel Romero(full name: Yoel Romero Palacio)is a Cuban mixed martial artist and former freestyle wrestler. He is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, competing in the Middleweight division. As a freestyle wrestler, Romero was a world gold medalist and an Olympic silver medalist. He won six world and Olympic medals in total. As of July 26, 2018, he is ranked the #1 contender in the official UFC middleweight rankings.
Yoel Romero Age
Yoel Romero Palacio is 41 years old as 2018. He was born on 30 April 1977, in Pinar del Río, Cuba
Yoel Romero Height And Weight
The talented mixed martial artist is very tall, standing at a height of 5 feet 10 inches 1055 m. He equally has a commensurate weight of 185 pounds (84 kg). Owing to his weight, Yoel Romero has competed in the lightweight division (185 – 205 lbs) and he is currently a contender in the middleweight (170 – 185 lbs) to date. Additionally, Yoel has a masculine bodybuild, brown eyes, and black hair.
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Is He Gay?
While the advocacy for gay rights has been on the increase in the United States; it has been largely accepted in the UFC. Although Yoel Romero has earned significant accomplishments in the cage, it’s his words, not his fists that many of his fans and critics are concerned about.
The fighter was mixed up in a gay controversy following his victory over Lyoto Machida in June 2015. After the fight, the UFC fighter took the microphone and said ‘No Forget Jesus’ but his words were received as ‘No for Gay Jesus.’ Apparently, the reaction occurred about the same time the Supreme Court passed legislation for gay marriage for UFC fighters Obergefell and Hodges.
Many had thought that Yoel had made such comment with regards to the court’s ruling; thus stirring a huge controversy in the UFC. However, Yoel Romero seeing the rage of the controversy issued a public statement to clarify the issue. He also apologized for the misinterpretation of his words. Meanwhile, Romero has a straight sexual orientation and he is not gay.
Yoel Romero Siblings
His sibling name is Yoan Pablo Hernández, is a Cuban-German former professional boxer who competed from 2005 to 2014. He held the unified IBF and Ring magazine cruiserweight titles, as well as the WBA interim cruiserweight title. His half-brother is Yoel Romero, a freestyle wrestler and mixed martial artist.
Yoel Romero’s Wife
In addition to his successful career, Yoel Romero also got an amazing family and he is a father of three amazing kids. Although he doesn’t talk much about his family; it is already known that his wife and children are in Cuba. The fighter left them there while he left in search of a more challenging and profitable environment for his career. Romero also has plans of bringing his family over to the United States soonest.
Yoel Romero Early career
After defecting to Germany in 2007, Yoel Romero made his professional mixed martial arts debut in December 2009. Between 2008 and 2011 Romero was trained by Sergej Kuftin (combat sambo & MMA coach) and Zike Simic (kickboxing coach), both from Peter Althof’s “Martial Arts Gym Nuremberg”. Over the next three years, he amassed an undefeated record of 5–0 in various promotions throughout Germany and Poland.
He won his debut via TKO against Sascha Weinpolter. In his second bout, he scored a 62-second finish via TKO against Ricky Pulu. He then took on Polish standout Michał Fijałka in his third bout.
After a dominant performance, Yoel won in the third round via TKO, which was at first ruled a controversial disqualification, due to a knee on the ground thrown by Romero. In 2011, he won his next three fights via TKO in the first round.
Yoel Romero signed with Strikeforce in July 2011 and made his promotional debut against Rafael Cavalcante on September 10, 2011, at Strikeforce 36. He lost the fight via KO in the second round. A neck injury kept him out of action until 2013.
Yoel Romero Professional Career
Turning Pro is 2009, Yoel represented Cuba at the 2000 Summer Olympics held in Sydney, where he emerged as the silver medalist. He equally competed as a freestyle fighter. Throughout his wrestling career, the Cuban wrestler had five gold medals at the Pan American Championships, a gold medal at the Pan American games; three gold medals at the Wrestling World Cup and a gold medal at the World Championships.
After Yoel Romero won the Grand Prix of Germany in 2007, the fighter chose to remain there in order to compete in the Ringer-Bundesliga. While he was there, Romero was the starting fighter of SV Johannis Nuremberg team and subsequently; he started transitioning into a mixed martial artist.
As a mixed martial artist, Romero triumphed over Sascha Weinpolte in his first professional fight in December 2009. Yoel won the match by a total knockout. His trainers were combat sambo, kickboxing, and MMA coaches Sergej and Zike Simic. Interestingly, Yoel held a 5 – 0 record in the first three years of his career until 2010 and he fought in various competitions both in Poland as well as Germany.
In 2011, Yoel signed up with American mixed martial art and kickboxing organization called Strikeforce. He had his first promotional fight against Rafael Cavalcante in September 2011. Although he lost the fight by a knockout, Yoel sustained a neck injury which kept him away until 2013.
Yoel Romero Wrestling career
Yoel Romero competed in both 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, losing to Adam Saitiev in the finals. He finished in fourth place in 2004. While competing in freestyle wrestling, he has defeated three different Olympic gold medal winners, and five different world champions. Among them were Americans Cael Sanderson and Les Gutches, both of whom Romero has multiple victories over.
He also represented Cuba at a senior level in the FILA Wrestling World Championships, which is held in non-Olympic years, from 1997–2005. At the 1999 World Wrestling Championships Romero became world champion by defeating the 1996 Olympic gold medalist, Khadzhimurad Magomedov of Russia. He controversially missed out on becoming world champion again in 2002. After landing a three-point throw against Adam Saitiev to take a 3–2 lead, he was penalized a point for passivity with 20 seconds remaining. In overtime, after a scramble which saw Romero end on top, it was judged Saitiev had scored in the interim.
Yoel Romero medaled in five total world championships, only missing out with his fifth-place finish in 1997, and a sixth-place finish in 2003, when he was battling injuries. Other notable achievements include a gold medal at the 2003 Pan American Games, a quadrennial competition held the year before the Olympics, as well as multiple medal-winning finishes at the FILA Wrestling World Cup. Romero competed infrequently after 2005:
he was suspended for all of 2006 by the Cuban Wrestling Federation for allegedly throwing his match against Mindorashvili at the 2005 World Championships. After winning the Grand Prix of Germany in the summer of 2007, he did not return to Cuba, choosing instead to remain in Germany.
He then joined the Ringer-Bundesliga, a professional wrestling league in Germany, in which teams compete for team titles. Romero competed as a starting member of SV Johannis Nuremberg, as well as helping coach and train the team. Eventually, he began to transition into MMA.
Yoel Romero Net Worth
As of 2019, Yoel Romero has an estimated net worth of $2 million, mostly earned through his pro MMA career. Romero is able to afford a luxurious and comfortable lifestyle from his paycheck.
Ufc Yoel Romero
Yoel Romero made his UFC and middleweight debut against Clifford Starks on April 20, 2013, at UFC on Fox 7. He won the fight via KO in the first round. The win also earned him Knockout of the Night honors. Romero was expected to face Derek Brunson on August 31, 2013, at UFC 164. However, Brunson suffered an injury and pulled out of the bout.
Promotional newcomer Brian Houston was briefly linked as a replacement, however, Houston was not medically cleared to compete at the event and the bout was canceled. In his second UFC bout, Romero faced Ronny Markes on November 6, 2013, at UFC Fight Night 31. He won the fight via knockout in the third round.
For his third fight, he was again set to face Derek Brunson on January 15, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 35. After trailing for two rounds, Romero won the fight in the third via TKO due to punches that dropped Brunson and subsequent elbows to the body. Both fighters earned a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus award. In his fourth fight, Romero faced Brad Tavares at UFC on Fox 11. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
He faced Tim Kennedy on September 27, 2014, at UFC 178. He won the fight via TKO in the third round, giving Kennedy his first stoppage loss in thirteen years. This fight generated much controversy: Romero was hurt badly at the end of round 2, and received extra time to recover between rounds.
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan mistakenly blamed this on Romero’s cornermen for failing to leave the Octagon on time, when the blame was actually on a UFC Cutman who applied too much Vaseline to a cut and referee John McCarthy for allowing Romero to stay sitting while trying to get the cutman to return to the octagon to wipe the excess off.
Later it was also noticed that Kennedy was illegally holding Romero’s glove while striking him at the end of round 2. The win earned Romero his second Fight of the Night bonus award.
Yoel Romero was expected to face Ronaldo Souza on February 28, 2015, at UFC 184. However, Souza pulled out of the fight on January 15, 2015, due to pneumonia. The bout was rescheduled for April 18, 2015, at UFC on Fox 15. However, Romero was forced out of the fight by a ligament and meniscus tear in his knee. He was replaced by Chris Camozzi.
He faced former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida on June 27, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 70. He knocked out Machida at 1:38 of the third round with a series of elbows from top position. Romero was awarded a “Performance of the Night” bonus.
The bout with Ronaldo Souza was scheduled for a third time, eventually taking place on December 12, 2015, at UFC 194. Romero won the fight via split decision. 2 of 17 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Romero.
On January 13, 2016, he was informed of a potential doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition test conducted by USADA. On February 8, Romero and his manager explained that he had taken a supplement after his fight that turned out to be contaminated.
His team and USADA both sent out the supplement for testing and it was confirmed that it contained a banned substance. That substance was not listed on the label, his manager said. They did not want to reveal the name of the supplement or the substance as USADA was investigating the issue.
On March 23, it was announced that Yoel Romero would appeal his suspension. His team and USADA discussed a deal for a nine-month suspension for the fighter, but Romero preferred to go to arbitration. The typical USADA anti-doping violation suspension is two years. Eventually, on April 4, both parties reached an agreement for a six-month suspension. USADA revealed that Romero had tested positive for ibutamoren, a growth hormone release stimulator.
An unopened version of the supplement was independently tested and the banned substance did indeed come up, even though it was not listed on the label. Romero announced that he would pursue legal action against the supplement company. The result of the Souza fight was not overturned, as it was an out-of-competition test that occurred after the fight; Romero passed both his pre-fight and fight night tests for the Souza fight.
Yoel Romero faced former middleweight champion Chris Weidman on November 12, 2016, at UFC 205. He won the fight via knockout in the third round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.
With middleweight champion Michael Bisping sidelined due to injury, Romero fought Robert Whittaker on July 8, 2017, at UFC 213 for the interim UFC Middleweight Championship. He lost the fight by unanimous decision.
He was scheduled to face David Branch on February 24, 2018, at UFC on Fox 28. However, on January 13, 2018, it was reported that Whittaker had pulled out of his bout against Luke Rockhold, which was scheduled to take place at UFC 221, due to an undisclosed injury.
It was announced he would be replaced by Romero in what was to be a fight for the interim UFC Middleweight Championship. The winner of this bout would then face Whittaker in a unification bout. At the weigh-ins, Romero came in at 188.3 lbs in his first attempt. He was given another two hours to make 185 lbs but failed to make weight, ending up 2.7 pounds over the middleweight limit of 185 lbs.
As a result, he would not have been eligible for the interim championship had he won the fight. He was fined 30% of his purse, which was awarded to Rockhold. If Rockhold were to win, he would still be awarded the championship. Romero won the fight via KO in the third round. Romero knocked Rockhold down with a heavy overhand followed up with a punch on the ground that rendered Rockhold unconscious.
A rematch with Whittaker took place on June 9, 2018, at UFC 225. At the weigh-ins, Yoel Romero missed weight, coming in at 186 pounds, 1 pound over the middleweight limit for a title fight. Romero was given additional time to make weight, but he weighed in at 185.2 lbs, 0.2 pounds over.
He was fined 20% of his fight purse and the fight proceeded as a non-title catchweight bout. Romero lost the back-and-forth fight by split decision. The fight was awarded as Fight of the Night, but due to Romero missing weight, Whittaker received both $50,000 bonuses for a total of $100,000.
Romero was scheduled to face Paulo Costa on November 3, 2018, at UFC 230. However, he indicated in mid-August that while he has been cleared to fight, his doctors have recommended that he wait for another four to five months (early 2019) to allow facial injuries incurred during his most recent fight to fully heal. The bout has been rescheduled and is expected to take place on April 27, 2019, at UFC on ESPN 3.
Romero was scheduled to face Ronaldo Souza on April 27, 2019, at UFC on ESPN 3. However, it was reported that Romero pulled out of the bout due to suffering from pneumonia early in April 2019. UFC official is seeking a replacement for Romero at the moment.
Yoel Romero Record
Yoel Romero Record: 13-3-0
W/L Fighter Event
win Yoel Romero Chris Weidman UFC 205: Alvarez vs McGregor Nov. 12, 2016
win Yoel Romero Jacare Souza UFC 194: Aldo vs McGregor Dec. 12, 2015
win Yoel Romero Lyoto Machida UFC Fight Night: Machida vs Romero Jun. 27, 2015
win Yoel Romero Tim Kennedy UFC 178: Johnson vs Cariaso Sep. 27, 2014