After hearing the news that Bellator is closed their doors in Yoel Romero’s free agency, the BKFC founder David Feldman indicated that they are highly interested in taking up Romero. Feldman said that Romero’s style has BKFC written all over it.
Ariel Helwani then posted a tweet that Romero is headed to Bellator and is going to fight at 205. He previously fought at 185 in the UFC for the middleweight fight. Most fans are intrigued with Romero signing considering Anthony “Rumble” Johnson also recently signed with them
Yoel Romero is headed to Bellator.
Romero has agreed to a new deal with Bellator, sources say. He is expected to sign imminently.
He’ll debut for the promotion in 2021 at 205 pounds. His debut date and fight aren’t set yet, sources say.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 14, 2020
The matchup of Yoel Romero vs Anthony Johnson is a dream matchup that could potentially offer fireworks. Two super athletes just exploding inside the octagon could attract even casual viewers.
Although the UFC is the biggest MMA promotion, it is good to see that other promotions still get big names. It is good for the sport not to be monopolized by just one promotion.
It is strange that hearing the news that Bellator closed their doors and then suddenly signing Romero to a fight deal. It could have been that Romero lowered his fight pay and Bellator suddenly became accepted in signing him.
In the public’s view, it is generally believed that UFC holds the more talented roster and that Bellator is a lower league. There are still fighters in Bellator that is UFC Caliber like Douglas Lima and many others. It is just that UFC attracts even non-MMA fans.
Some UFC fans did not want Romero to be released because of how popular and charismatic he is. His athleticism and explosiveness attract viewers and keeps wanting more. Romero is still a top middleweight contender and just lost to the best the division had to offer. He lost to Whittaker, Adesanya, and Costa which are nothing to be ashamed of.
Romero has fought for the title many times but always fell short. Will he finally capture the belt and become an MMA World Champion? This same situation is also with Anthony Johnson who failed to capture the belt twice.