Ricardo Romero (fighter)

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Ricardo Romero
Born (1978-04-15) April 15, 1978 (age 36)
North Brunswick, New Jersey
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Reach 76 in
Fighting out of North Brunswick, New Jersey
Team Advanced Martial Arts
AMA Fight Club
Years active 2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 13
Wins 11
By knockout 4
By submission 6
By decision 1
Losses 2
By knockout 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ricardo Romero (born April 15, 1978) is an American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He was a featured competitor on multiple occasions for the Ring of Combat promotion which featured on HDNet Fights and also competed for their Light Heavyweight title. Romero was also a competitor in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After going 5-0 in the promotion, Romero fought Glen Sandull for the vacant Ring of Combat Light Heavyweight championship. Midway through the second round, Romero caught Sandull with an illegal soccer kick and was disqualified, handing him his first ever professional loss, whilst also gifting Sandull the title.[1]

Five months later, Romero returned against Brendan Barrett in a fight to declare the number one contender to the belt Romero missed out on.[2] Romero won via submission (rear naked choke) after 0:44 of the second round.

Romero next faced future Ultimate Fighter and UFC competitor James McSweeney which once again aired on HDNet Fights.[3] Romero won his second successive submission victory via rear naked choke.

This was followed by a victory over The Ultimate Fighter 8 competitor Karen Grigoryan and Romero once again won, this via TKO (punches) in the second round. This win earned him the Light Heavyweight title.

Romero fought twice more for the Ring of Combat, defending his ROC Light Heavyweight title,[4] winning both by submission (one by kimura, one by keylock).

Bloodyelbow also declared him a "rising star" in their list of desired fighters for the UFC Light Heavyweight division.[5]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Romero joined the UFC in June 2010 and was set to face former World Extreme Cagefighting Light Heavyweight champion Steve Cantwell at UFC 116.[6] However, despite receiving medical clearance, Cantwell had to withdraw and the bout was cancelled.[7] Romero instead faced Seth Petruzelli at UFC 116[8] on the live prelim show on Spike TV. In the second round, Romero caught Petruzelli in an armbar that injured his arm forcing him to tap, giving Romero the win.

Romero faced Kyle Kingsbury on February 5, 2011 at UFC 126.[9] He lost the fight via TKO due to strikes just 21 seconds into the first round.

Romero faced James Te-Huna on September 24, 2011 at UFC 135. He lost the fight via KO only forty-seven seconds into the first round.[10]

After the loss, Romero was released from the promotion.[11]

Bellator[edit]

Romero was then scheduled to make his Bellator debut against Tim Carpenter at Bellator 65.[12] However the fight was cancelled prior to the event for unknown reasons.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Romero has a son. [14]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Ring of Combat
    • Ring of Combat Heavyweight Championship (One time)
    • Ring of Combat Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
    • One successful title defense

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–3 James Te Huna KO (punches) UFC 135 September 24, 2011 1 0:47 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 11–2 Kyle Kingsbury TKO (knees to the body & punches) UFC 126 February 5, 2011 1 0:21 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–1 Seth Petruzelli Submission (straight armbar) UFC 116 July 3, 2010 2 3:05 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–1 Silmar Rodrigo Submission (americana) Ring of Combat 27 November 20, 2009 1 4:56 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–1 Rich Lictawa Submission (kimura) Ring of Combat 26 September 11, 2009 2 2:14 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Defended the ROC Light Heavyweight title
Win 8–1 Karen Grigoryan TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 25 June 12, 2009 2 2:50 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the ROC Light Heavyweight title
Win 7–1 James McSweeney Submission (rear-naked choke) Ring of Combat 24 April 17, 2009 1 2:27 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6–1 Brendan Barrett Submission (rear-naked choke) Ring of Combat 23 February 20, 2009 2 0:44 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 5–1 Glen Sandull DQ (illegal knee) Ring of Combat 21 September 12, 2008 2 2:50 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States For the vacant ROC Light Heavyweight title
Win 5–0 Costas Philippou Decision (split) Ring of Combat 19 May 9, 2008 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–0 Randy Durant TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 18 March 7, 2008 1 1:13 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 John Doyle TKO (punches) ROC 17: Beast of the Northeast Finals November 30, 2007 1 3:19 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the ROC Heavyweight Title
Win 2–0 John Clarke TKO (corner stoppage) ROC 16: Beast of the Northeast Semi-Finals October 26, 2007 1 4:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Bryce Harrell Submission (punches) ROC 15: Beast of the Northeast Quarterfinals September 7, 2007 1 2:09 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

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