Free agent MMA fighter Yoel Romero signs with Bellator MMA

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Free agent mixed martial artist Yoel Romero has signed with Bellator MMA. He comes to Bellator MMA after he was released by the UFC.

The Cuban fighter has signed a multi-fight agreement with the company. ESPN is reporting that Bellator MMA initially did not want Romero.

Yoel Romeo attempts to take down Robert Whittaker (Getty Images)

However, after days passed, the two sides were able to have advanced talks. This lead to his current deal with the company.

The 43-year-old is on the downside of his career. There’s not many competitors fighting at 43 in mixed martial arts.

The “Soldier of God” has a 13-5 record overall. He spent seven seasons with the UFC before his departure.

The former freestyle wrestler has lost his last three fights in the UFC. Romero was last defeated by Israel Adesanya by a unanimous decision in March at UFC 248.

With the loss, Adesanya retained his UFC Middleweight Championship.

During this three-fight losing streak, he also lost to Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa.

All three of these losses have come by decision. He also lost one other fight by decision — which was to Whittaker in July 2017 at UFC 213.

His first loss came in Strikeforce. He lost to Rafael Cavalcante by knockout on September 10, 2011.

As a restore, Romero won a silver medal during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He also won several gold medals as a wrestler in the Pan American Championships, Pan American Games, Wrestling World Cup, and at the World Championships.

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