UFC 248: Yoel Romero Credits Israel Adesanya For Calling Him Out “Old School”
By FCF Staff
Yoel Romero is going to do his best to knock out Israel Adesanya at UFC 248. But, the perennial middleweight contender’s grateful to the champ for calling him out, and giving him another shot at the 185 belt.
After Adesanya unified the middleweight titles in October, the expectation was that he would fight Paulo Costa next. The rising star was coming off a decision win over Romero, and he’s gone 5-0 to date in the UFC.
But, when Costa was sidelined with a bicep injury, Adesanya called for a fight with Romero. Although the powerful contender’s lost two in a row, Adesanya pursued the match-up a means to silence any doubts he can defeat, a world-class wrestler.
During a recent luncheon with the media, Romero had this to say about Adesanya’s callout, and the argument he shouldn’t be fighting for the title (quotes via MMA Junkie).
“I’m not thinking about that I lost two fights,” Romero said. “I’m not feeling like this. This doesn’t have my attention because we do this like the old school. The best don’t want to fight, but need to fight the best. When (Adesanya) says something like this, I’m not thinking about the record. I’m not thinking about nothing. I just want to fight the best in the division. He said, ‘I want to fight Yoel.’ I say, ‘Thank you.’ Because that’s exactly what we do. I stay in the same position with him.
“I don’t want to fight with No. 10 in the rankings. I want to fight with the next in line – the No. 1 in the line. That’s why I stay here. I don’t stay here because nobody give me nothing. I work a lot – very hard. I won the (Paulo Costa) fight, the (Robert) Whittaker No. 2 fight. It is what it is – that’s what happened.”
UFC 248 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.