Former middleweight title challenger Yoel Romero and UFC have parted ways, according to his manager Malki Kawa.
The news was first released by Ariel Helwani of ESPN.
The 43-year old still had three-fights left under his current UFC contract.
Yoel Romero's UFC run has come to an unexpected end.
Romero and the promotion have parted ways, multiple sources told ESPN. Romero's manager Malki Kawa also confirmed he is no longer under contract with the UFC.
According to sources, Romero had three fights left on his deal.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 5, 2020
“Yoel Romero’s UFC run has come to an unexpected end. Romero and the promotion have parted ways, multiple sources told ESPN. Romero’s manager Malki Kawa also confirmed he is no longer under contract with the UFC. According to sources, Romero had three fights left on his deal,” Ariel Helwani tweeted.
While Romero has been released by the UFC, his manager revealed that he is already in talks with numerous other promotions.
“While we didn’t expect Romero’s time in the UFC to end like this,” Kawa told ESPN, “we are grateful for the opportunities [UFC president] Dana White, [general counsel] Hunter Campbell and [matchmaker] Mick Maynard gave him over the years. He’s ready to move on now and resume his career, and we are already talking to other promotions as we speak.”
Yoel Romero has been on a three-fight losing streak, with all three of the losses being extremely close. He last fought against Israel Adesanya at UFC 248 and lost via unanimous decision.
Prior to that, he lost via decision to Paulo Costa at UFC 241 and before that he lost to Robert Whittaker at UFC 225. His last win inside the Octagon came against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221, where he knocked out the former middleweight champion in the third round.
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