Middleweight prospect Paulo Costa believes Yoel Romero should wait until he’s healthy so that they can fight.
Costa was originally scheduled to take on the ‘Soldier of God’ at the first UFC on ESPN+ card’s main event on January 19, in Brooklyn, New York. However, ‘Borrachinha’ was forced to be removed from the card due to a biceps injury and Romero expressed interest on taking on former champion Anderson Silva.
However, this is not the first time the bout has fallen through. Before being paired up for January, both men were already scheduled to meet at UFC 230 on November 3, but Romero was forced out of the card due to a broken orbital bone. Because of his opponent’s first injury, Costa posted on his Instagram account that Yoel should also wait for him to be back and healed again, just like Paulo himself did.
“Yes, unfortunately I am still injured, the same injury I had before fighting Uriah Hall and will be ready to fight in March 2019. I waited for Romero for three months, he can not wait two for me? The belt is coming.”
For now, the UFC has not announced if Romero will remain on the card or if they will look for an entirely new main event.
Paulo Costa (12-0) is on a four-fight winning streak in the Octagon, with knockout wins over the likes of Garreth McLellan, Oluwale Bamgbose, Johny Hendricks, and Uriah Hall. Meanwhile, Romero (13-3) dropped a split decision to reigning middleweight champion Robert Whittaker back in June, but was ineligible to win the title due to missing weight. Before that, Yoel scored a KO win over former champion Luke Rockhold.