Romero in Dagestan
|Born||Yoel Romero Palacio
April 30, 1977
Pinar del Río, Cuba
|Other names||Soldier of God|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||75.0 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Wrestling||Olympic Freestyle Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable relatives||Yoan Pablo Hernández, brother|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Competitor for Cuba|
|Men's Freestyle Wrestling|
|Silver||2000 Sydney||85 kg|
|Gold||1999 Ankara||85 kg|
|Silver||2002 Tehran||84 kg|
|Silver||2005 Budapest||84 kg|
|Bronze||1998 Tehran||85 kg|
|Bronze||2001 Krasnoyarsk||85 kg|
|Pan American Games|
|Gold||2003 Santo Domingo||85 kg|
|Bronze||1999 Winnipeg||85 kg|
Yoel Romero Palacio (born April 30, 1977) is a Cuban mixed martial artist (MMA) and former world champion and olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling. He competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and formerly competed in the now-defunct Strikeforce organization. Romero is considered a phenomenon in terms of athleticism and explosiveness. He is the most credentialed wrestler in the UFC. Romero is #12 in the official UFC middleweight rankings.
Romero competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics representing his home nation of Cuba. He won the silver medal in the freestyle competition, losing to Adam Saitiev in the finals. While competing in freestyle wrestling, Romero defeated 2004 Olympic gold medalist Cael Sanderson on three separate occasions.
Mixed martial arts career
After defecting in 2007 to Germany, Romero made his professional mixed martial arts debut in December 2009. Over the next two years, he amassed an undefeated record of 4-0 in various promotions throughout Germany and Poland.
He won his debut via TKO against Sascha Weinpolter. He then took on Polish standout Michał Fijałka in his second bout. After a dominating 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 two fights via TKO in the first round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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 subsequently scrapped.
For his third fight, Romero 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.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|9 matches||8 wins||1 loss|
|Win||8–1||Brad Tavares||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne||April 19, 2014||3||5:00||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Win||7–1||Derek Brunson||TKO (punches & elbows to the body)||UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou||January 15, 2014||3||3:23||Duluth, Georgia, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||6–1||Ronny Markes||KO (punches)||UFC: Fight for the Troops 3||November 6, 2013||3||1:39||Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||5–1||Clifford Starks||KO (flying knee & punches)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez||April 20, 2013||1||1:32||San Jose, California, United States||Middleweight debut; Knockout of the Night|
|Loss||4–1||Rafael Cavalcante||TKO (punches & knee)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov||September 10, 2011||2||4:51||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Win||4–0||Laszlo Eck||KO (punch)||Fight of the Night 2011||May 27, 2011||1||0:33||Greding, Germany|
|Win||3–0||Nikita Petrovs||TKO (retirement)||SFC 3: MMA Fight Night||March 5, 2011||1||2:58||Giessen, Germany|
|Win||2–0||Michał Fijałka||TKO (retirement)||IFF: The Eternal Struggle||October 8, 2010||3||4:05||Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland|
|Win||1–0||Sascha Weinpolter||TKO (punches)||Fight of the Night 2009||December 20, 2009||1||0:48||Nuremberg, Germany|
- "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Werdum vs. Browne". UFC.com. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
- Mike Chiappetta (2011-07-27). "Former Olympian Yoel Romero signs with Strikeforce, will face Feijão in debut". MMAfighting.com. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
- UFC Fighter Rankings
- http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/ro/yoel-romero-1.html Sports References
- "Die Wochen der Wahrheit – Doppelkampftag steht an" (in German). www.ringen.de. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
- "Yoel Romero Palacio vs. Michał Fijałka". groundandpound.de. October 5, 2010. (in German)
- "Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante vs. Yoel Romero slotted for September 10 Strikeforce event". mmajunkie.com. 2011-07-21.
- "Yoel Romero vs Clifford Starks set for UFC on FOX 7". bloodyelbow.com. January 23, 2013.
- Staff (2013-04-20). "UFC on FOX 7 bonuses: Brown, Mein, Romero, Thomson earn $50,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- Staff (2013-06-17). "UFC 164 Gains Derek Brunson vs. Yoel Romero". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- Staff (2013-08-14). "UFC 164 loses Yoel Romero vs. Brian Houston, card finalized with 12 bouts". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
- Jamie Penick (2013-08-23). "UFC Fight for the Troops card adds Yoel Romero vs. Ronny Markes". mmatorch.com. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
- Staff (2013-11-26). "UFC Fight Night 35 adds Yoel Romero vs. Derek Brunson". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
- "UFC Fight Night 35 Bonuses: Rockhold, Miller, Romero, Brunson Earn $50K Awards", by Mike Whitman, Sherdog.com
- UFC News (2014-02-04). "#UFCFightNight in Orlando bout update! @bambamhealy vs @GamebredFighter and @BradTavares vs @YoelRomeroMMA. Tix on sale next Friday.". UFC. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
- Zane Simon (2014-07-08). "Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero slated for UFC 178 in Las Vegas". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-07-08.