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“Put Him in the Front Lines We’ll Never Lose a War Again” – Fans React as Yoel Romero Receives His US Citizenship

Published 01/20/2023, 2:45 AM EST

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Former UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero has finally achieved his goal of obtaining US citizenship. Fans have taken to social media to express their excitement and support for the athlete. Romero’s journey to citizenship began in 2007 when he defected from Cuba to Germany following a wrestling tournament. He knew that if he wanted to pursue a career in MMA, he would have to leave Cubas since the opportunities there were limited. In order to do so, he had to say goodbye to his family and make a new life in Germany. Unlike many others, Romero’s story is not a straightforward one. After competing in a wrestling tournament in Germany, he decided to stay there for several years.

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However, if he wanted to continue his MMA journey, he knew he needed to move to the United States. The competition level in Germany and nearby Poland was not challenging enough for him. In addition, with his Olympic wrestling silver medal and boxing experience, he was becoming a big fish in a small pond.

This ultimately led Romero to the American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida. He and his family now reside in Miami, which is a great fit for him, as there is a large Cuban and Hispanic community. This move has allowed him to pursue his dream of becoming a successful MMA athlete while also achieving his goal of obtaining US citizenship.


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The Yoel Romero American Dream: Fans Celebrate as he receives US Citizenship

Fans of Romero are exuberant to hear that the former UFC middleweight contender has finally achieved his goal of obtaining US citizenship. Social media is buzzing with excitement and warm wishes as fans express their support for the athlete. Many have shared their admiration for Romero’s determination and perseverance, as well as the sacrifices he made to pursue his dream of becoming a successful MMA fighter.



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Many welcomed the fighter.

Another fan gave an interesting proposition:

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Therefore, many people were happy with the news of Romero receiving US citizenship.

Romero opens up about his painful farewell

Yoel Romero’s decision to leave Cuba to pursue a career in MMA was a difficult one. Speaking about it, he said “It’s never going to stop hurting,” showing that leaving his family behind was a painful experience.


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However, he knew the opportunities for MMA in Cuba were limited and was determined to make the most of his talents and abilities. Despite the challenges, he moved to Germany, competed in wrestling tournaments, and eventually made his way to the United States.

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There he became a top contender in the UFC. His hard work and dedication paid off as he achieved success as a MMA fighter and U.S. citizen.


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Written by:

Himakshu Vyas


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Himakshu Vyas is a Combat Sports author at Essentiallysports. He is passionate about sports, with soccer and MMA being the sports he is most involved in. Aside from that, he follows the global soccer scene.
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Rohini Kottu