Biography(references)Yoel Romero Palacio is a Cuban professional mixed martial artist and former freestyle wrestler. As a freestyle wrestler, Romero competed at 85 kilograms, and he was the '99 World Champion , the '00 Olympic Silver medalist, a three-time World Cup winner , the '03 Pan American Games Gold medalist and a five-time Pan American Champion. Due to his explosiveness and power, he is widely regarded as one of the most athletic fighters in MMA history.
Combat ApproachRomero was regarded as one of the most dangerous fighters in the UFC. He relies on his extreme durability and brute strength to absorb an opponent's attacks and then deliver explosive counterstrikes. Many pundits cite Romero's pull-back left-handed counter as his most dangerous strike.
Fighter Trivia(references)His younger brother, Yoan Pablo Hernández, was the IBF Cruiserweight Champion in professional boxing. In a controversial post-fight interview after his victory over Lyoto Machida at UFC Fight Night 70, it was assumed by many that Romero was expressing disagreement with the Obergefell v. Hodges supreme court ruling. However, during the post fight press conference and subsequent interviews the following day, Romero denied referring to gay marriage and apologized for his comments while maintaining that they were misunderstood.
Awards & Accolades
UFC: Knockout of the Night (One time) vs. Clifford Starks
UFC: Performance of the Night (Two times) vs. Lyoto Machida and Chris Weidman
UFC: Fight of the Night (Five times) vs. Derek Brunson, Tim Kennedy, Robert Whittaker (x2), and Paulo Costa
MMA DNA.nl: 2018 Fight of the Year.
MMAJunkie.com: 2019 August Fight of the Month vs. Paulo Costa
Top Finishes: Yoel Romero
Fight Outcomes - WinsLosses
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