UFC’s Yoel Romero goes BEASTMODE during wrestling matches
Yoel Romero is one of the top ranked UFC middleweights in the world as well as one of the best wrestlers to ever compete in MMA. Though he came up a little short in his recent title bout at UFC 213, he is still a freak athlete which is clearly evident in the following footage of some of his elite level wrestling matches.
Much like in his MMA career, Romero heavily relied on his athleticism throughout his wrestling career too and wasn’t exactly a technician like many other great wrestlers of his era were considered to be.
Nevertheless, he is still very accomplished as a wrestler and even defeated all-time great Cael Sanderson twice. In the footage, we see Romero compete against Adam Saitiev twice as well as Sazhid Sazhidov.
In the recent countdown video for UFC 213, Romero spoke about how difficult the sport of wrestling is and that if you yourself have never wrestled, you simply wouldn’t understand it.
Though his wrestling credentials are highly impressive and obviously speaks for itself, it is almost too bad Yoel Romero didn’t get into MMA a little earlier. An athlete of his caliber could have been one of the greatest fighters of all time.
ABOUT YOEL ROMERO:
Yoel Romero Palacio (born April 3, 1977) is a Cuban mixed martial artist (MMA) and former World Champion and Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling. He competes in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is ranked the #1 contender, and formerly competed in the now-defunct Strikeforce organization. Romero competed in both the 2000 Summer Olympics and the 2004 Summer Olympics, representing his home nation of Cuba. He won the silver medal in the 2000 freestyle competition, losing to Adam Saitiev in the finals. He finished in fourth place in 2004. While competing in freestyle wrestling, Romero has defeated three different Olympic gold medal winners, and five different world champions. Among them were Americans Cael Sanderson and Les Gutches, both of whom Romero has multiple victories over. [Source: Wiki]