The Nigerian-born Kiwi UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, has vowed to make Yoel Romero cry, thereby putting a stop to his undeafeted career run.
Romero has never been stopped in his 13-fight UFC career, but Adesanya has vowed to change that in their upcoming bout.
The Kiwi UFC middleweight champion will face Romero in a five-round headline bout at UFC 248 in Las Vegas on Sunday (NZ time), in his first official title defence since dethroning Robert Whittaker last October.
Romero has proven to be tough throughout his career. The 42-year-old Cuban lost just three times inside the UFC octagon, with all three losses by decision.
A perennial title contender, Romero has become known for his erratic and violent style of fighting and is thought by fans and pundits to be an opponent fighters in the division only face if they have to.
“He’s the guy no one wants to fight,” Adesanya said.
“Why? I’ve seen him get rocked, I’ve seen him get stopped, I’ve seen him get bloodied, I’ve seen him cry; I’ll make him cry. He’s human like anyone else.
“I want 5-0. I want a wash out … I want a clean sweep. But, if he dies he dies. It’s not really my problem.”
Adesanya requested a fight against Romero when consensus title challenger, Paulo Costa, was ruled out of action with injury late last year.
There were layers to requesting Romero as an opponent, one of which is the fact that Romero is an Olympic silver medal-winning wrestler and could pose a test unlike any other Adesanya has faced inside the octagon.