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"Soldier of God"

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Yoel Romero

Yoel "Soldier of God" Romero

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  • Given Name: Yoel Romero Palacio
  • MMA Record: 13-2-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Soldier of God
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 40 | Date of Birth: 1977.04.30
  • Last Fight: February 10, 2018 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Middleweight | Last Weigh-In: 187.7 lbs
  • Affiliation: American Top Team
  • Height: 6'0" (183cm) | Reach: 73.0" (185cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,032,000 USD
  • Born: Pinar Del Rio, Cuba
  • Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, Florida
  • College: N/A
  • Foundation Style: Wrestling
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Yoel Romero MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Au Robert Whittaker
13-2-0 19-4-0

Us UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2
Main Event | Title Match | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2018.06.09
Cancelled Bout Dave Branch UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Reason: Romero Rebooked
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
1:48 Round 3 of 5, 11:48 Total

Us Luke Rockhold
12-2-0 16-3-0

Au UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold
Main Event | Interim Title | Middleweight | 185

2018.02.10
Odds: +150 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 187.7 lbs (85.1 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
#2 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2018
#9 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2018
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Au Robert Whittaker
12-1-0 18-4-0

Us UFC 213: Romero vs. Whittaker
Main Event | Interim Title | Middleweight | 185

2017.07.08
Odds: +100 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $400,000 ($350K Base, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#8 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2017
UFC 213 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
0:24 Round 3 of 3, 10:24 Total

Us Chris Weidman
11-1-0 13-1-0

Us UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2016.11.12
Odds: +170 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 185.6 lbs (84.2 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#5 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2016
UFC 205 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Ronaldo Souza
10-1-0 22-3-0

Us UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2015.12.12
Odds: +110 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $150,000 ($125K Base, $25K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
Win | KO/TKO | Elbows
1:38 Round 3 of 5, 11:38 Total

Br Lyoto Machida
9-1-0 22-6-0

Us UFC Fight Night 70: Machida vs. Romero
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2015.06.27
Odds: +140 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $116,000 ($33K Base, $33K Bonus, $50K Perf/Night) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#27 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2015
UFC Fight Night 70 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Ronaldo Souza UFC on FOX 15 2015.04.18
Reason: Romero Torn Meniscus
Cancelled Bout Ronaldo Souza UFC 184 2015.02.28
Reason: Jacare Pneumonia
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:58 Round 3 of 3, 10:58 Total

Us Tim Kennedy
8-1-0 18-4-0

Us UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2014.09.27
Odds: +110 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $108,000 ($29K Base, $29K Bonus, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy | Walkout Music: Juan Luis Guerra - Soldado
#13 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
#48 Greatest Comeback of All Time
UFC 178 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Brad Tavares
7-1-0 12-1-0

Us UFC on FOX 11: Werdum vs. Browne
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2014.04.19
Odds: +135 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 ($25K Base, $25K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.5 lbs (84.1 kgs) | Referee: Jorge Ortiz
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:23 Round 3 of 3, 13:23 Total

Us Derek Brunson
6-1-0 11-2-0

Us UFC Fight Night 35: Rockhold vs. Philippou
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2014.01.15
Odds: -230 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $78,000 ($14K Base, $14K Bonus, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Blake Grice
#14 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
#20 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2014
UFC Fight Night 35 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:39 Round 3 of 3, 11:39 Total

Br Ronny Markes
5-1-0 14-1-0

Us UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2013.11.06
Odds: -180 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 185.5 lbs (84.1 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Cancelled Bout Brian Houston UFC 164 2013.08.31
Reason: Houston Injury
Cancelled Bout Derek Brunson UFC 164 2013.08.31
Reason: Brunson Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:32 Round 1 of 3

Us Clifford Starks
4-1-0 8-1-0

Us UFC on FOX 7: Henderson vs. Melendez
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2013.04.20
Odds: -175 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus, $50K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Mike Beltran
#21 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC on FOX 7 Knockout of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
4:51 Round 2 of 3, 9:51 Total

Br Rafael Cavalcante
4-0-0 10-3-0

Us Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2011.09.10
Odds: -115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Hu Laszlo Eck

De Germany Regional

2011.05.27
Win | KO/TKO | Retired

Lv Ņikita Petrovs

De Superior FC

2011.03.04
Win | KO/TKO | Retired

Pl Michał Fijałka

Pl Poland Regional

2010.10.08
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

At Sascha Weinpolter

De Germany Regional

2009.12.20

Yoel Romero Wiki Update Wiki

Yoel Romero is a Cuban middleweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He trains out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida. Romero is best known for earning a silver medal in freestyle wrestling at the 2000 summer games in Sydney Australia, representing his home country of Cuba.  Romero lost to Adam Saitiev in the finals. He has also medaled multiple times in the Freestyle Wrestling World Championships between 1998 and 2005, earning the gold medal in 1999. All of his fights have ended with a T/KO including his seven wins. He has earned the "Knockout of the Night" bonus and the "Fight of the Night" one time each..


Yoel's professional career began with four fights around Europe, all of which he won by T/KO. This earned him a spot in Strikeforce where he fought and lost to Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante by TKO in the 2nd round. Romero would be signed to the UFC when Strikeforce was shuttered and he would make his UFC debut against Clifford Starks as part of the UFC on Fox 7 card. He would win in impressive fashion, finishing Starks in the first round with a beautiful flying knee landed and he finished him with punches. Romero would earn Knockout of the Night in his UFC debut. He took on Ronny Markes at UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 and was able to pick up yet another TKO, this time in the third round. He fought Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 35. After an exciting, back and forth fight, Romero was able to secure a TKO win with less than two minutes left in the fight. Both fighters were awarded the "Fight of the Night" bonus for their performance.


Romero will look to extend his UFC win streak to 4 fights when he faces Brad Tavares at UFC on FOX 11.

Last updated 04.16.2014, 10:59 AM ET
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