“He Canceled the Fight”- Yoel Romero Reveals Jake Paul Had Chosen Him Before Tyron Woodley

Published 09/17/2021, 11:52 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 07: Yoel Romero of Cuba prepares to fight Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 248 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Yoel Romero revealed he’d been in talks with Jake Paul and his team for a boxing match with the YouTuber turned professional boxer. However, the fight never took place as Jake Paul chose to go with Ben Askren instead. At that time, Yoel Romero had just parted ways with the UFC and would have been a free agent, allowing him to easily participate in the fight.

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Nevertheless, things seem to have worked out fine for ‘The Soldier of God’, as the 44-year-old is getting ready to make his Bellator debut this weekend.

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Both Jake and Logan Paul have taken the boxing world by storm. Thanks to their massive following on social media, both the brothers have made a handsome amount of money by boxing handpicked opponents, against whom they often have an advantage.

Furthermore, Jake Paul’s incessant trash talk and antics add to the entertainment aspect of the entire event. Interestingly, in his latest interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Romero talked about being close to fighting Jake Paul in April, way before the Tyron Woodley fight.

“Yeah, it’s true. So, what happened was that initially, Jake Paul wanted to do a fight with Yoel. But then he canceled the fight,” said Romero (via a translator)… “So, they spoke with (Malki) Kawa first and Yoel first. That was the first option, but they decided to go with Ben Askren, an easier target.”

Yoel Romero hopes to box either of the brothers in the future. But for now, he has an uphill challenge against him in Bellator.

Will we ever see Yoel Romero in a boxing ring?

An Olympic silver medalist in wrestling, Yoel Romero entered the UFC using his impeccable wrestling skills in the octagon. However, his athletic and explosive abilities earned have allowed him to become a lethal striker.

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A patient fighter, Romero has the ability to stay on the outside only to blitz into range and land concussive blows, often ending the fight. Considering the current landscape of boxing, it won’t be a surprise to see the Cuban national put on some boxing gloves for the right price.

However, keeping his age in mind, one can expect ‘The Soldier of God’ to want a big payday in boxing before he can finally retire. Perhaps a fight with Jake Paul or Logan Paul could be on the cards in the future?

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What do you think? Will we ever see Yoel Romero in a boxing ring? Let us know in the comments.

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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