(Dave Mandel/Sherdog)An Honest Look: Is Yoel Romero a True Title Contender? Jeremiah York July 9, 2015 News Most recently at UFC Fight Night 70, we saw Yoel Romero destroy former light heavyweight champion and former middleweight title contender, Lyoto Machida, in a fight that would send Machida to the hospital. Since being signed by the UFC in April of 2013, we have seen Romero win six out of seven bouts via KO/TKO and he is still undefeated in the UFC. In a talent rich division, we have to wonder how long can Chris Weidman hold the belt that was once held for almost seven years by the man most consider the best of all time in Anderson Silva. It seemed that Silva would finish out his career in the UFC undefeated, then he met Weidman who now defeated Silva on two different occasions. Since then, the UFC has acquired the WEC and Strikeforce, both of which had great fighters to add to the UFC middleweight division that seemed to lack any true competition for Silva. Romero is one of those fighters who have joined the UFC after Strikeforce was bought out by the UFC. To say he’s made a splash in the division would be a massive understatement. Typically, when you have a fighter that goes undefeated for an extended amount of time they usually get the nod for a title shot. Many feel that Romero is well on his way to deserving of a No.1 contender’s fight that would put him in a position to fight for UFC gold. I feel that Weidman is a great wrestler, but not an Olympic champion. Weidman has yet to face a man with the credentials of Romero and I do not feel he will be able to use his wrestling against a much larger and stronger Romero. Romero is a former Olympic wrestler and former world champion wrestler in many globally recognized competitions. As with other Olympic participants like Dan Henderson and Daniel Cormier, Romero seems to be ahead of the competition in the MMA world. Aside from a controversial win over Tim Kennedy where we saw Romero’s corner holding the fighter in between rounds for an extended period of time, Romero has done nothing short of making himself a true title contender. Since Weidman is set to face Luke Rockhold next, Romero will have to wait to see where he stands. The one option for him is to ask for a fight with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, a man he was scheduled to face twice before, with both men pulling out of a fight each due to injuries. “Jacare” is pinning for a shot with his most recent win over Chris Camozzi, a man he had already beat once. These two need to fight to find out who is the next title contender, and if Romero can beat “Jacare”, there is no reason he does not get his shot at the belt. I feel that if Romero can get the fight with “Jacare” and win in a dominant fashion, he will get his shot at the winner of Weidman and Rockhold. With a combination of wrestling and improved striking, Romero is well on his way to becoming a title contender in the UFC’s middleweight division. Water Buffalo Agree 100%. But IMO, based on the current record of wins, Jacare should fight Weidman first. Yoel Romero fight Rockhold for the honors. The result of Jacare vs Weidman I do not know ? Romero would destroy Rockhold and move on to take the belt from whoever owns it at that point. If he get Jacare first_that will be a harder fight for him, but still he will destroy him on the ground jiu jitsu or not, if he does not tag him earlier standing. Yoel Romero will be the 2016 MW Champion.