Counting Yoel Romero out of getting one other crack on the UFC middleweight championship could be a foolish concept, not less than in response to Mike Brown.

The previous WEC featherweight champion and present coach at American High Crew in Coconut Creek, Fla. envisions Romero (13-5 MMA, 9-Four UFC) difficult for the title as soon as once more.

Romero just lately misplaced an in depth resolution to champion Israel Adesanya in the principle occasion of UFC 248. It was an uneventful contest the place each fighters took warmth from followers as a result of bout’s anti-climactic nature, which promised to be an entertaining affair within the lead-up to the occasion.

A lot of the narrative and speak leaving UFC 248 in March was how that was seemingly the final time Romero fought for gold. The embellished wrestler turned 43 this 12 months, he’s didn’t win title (each interim and common variations) on a number of events, and he’s now 1-Four in his previous 5 UFC outings.

But Brown, who labored with Romero for the primary time in preparation for the Adesanya battle, won’t discard the concept of one other title shot for “The Soldier of God.”

“He’s the best athlete Ive ever seen, (even) at this age,” Brown advised MMA Junkie. “What he can do together with his physique is unbelievable, I’ve by no means seen something prefer it: velocity, response time, agility. I imply, he’s in his 40s and his response time is unbelievable, the velocity is unbelievable, his coordination is unbelievable.

“The extra I see guys like him, the extra I understand what a horrible athlete I’m. I can’t think about what he was like when he was 30 or 25. It should have been unbelievable. I do know he’s a world champion in wrestling and that is so tough, wrestling is so deep and so many individuals are competing for a similar title, it’s very aggressive. He received a really late begin in MMA and he’s executed some wonderful issues.

“You need to fear about time catches as much as all people, however proper now – how he seems to be within the health club and what he can do – I imply, I undoubtedly see him getting again to the title.”

Romero mentioned earlier than his title battle with Adesanya that he plans to battle for an additional decade. Brown doesn’t know if that’s doable, however he additionally didn’t think about a fighter performing the best way Romero does within the health club at 43.

“I don’t learn about that, however I imply I can’t consider he seems to be like de does proper now,” Brown mentioned. “You don’t know when issues are going to vary, however proper now, he can beat anyone on the earth. On any evening he’s pretty much as good as anyone. He was proper there that evening. That evening, when it got here right down to the scorecards – though it was a boring battle, individuals didn’t prefer it – however in my head I believed he had executed sufficient in these rounds to win.

“Watching it dwell, the leg kicks didn’t really feel like sufficient. To me, it felt like Adesanya was on the run extra or possibly at risk of getting completed extra. I imply you possibly can’t at all times see the angles if the punches are touchdown or not, however Yoel would assault and Adesanya was stumbling round, possibly the punches had been lacking, however its onerous to inform typically. However from the surface I believed he had gained. However once more I knew they had been shut once more, so I didn’t know the way the judges had scored it, but when I had been scoring it I’d say he had gained three of these rounds, however once more, I knew they had been shut sufficient to argue both manner.”

Brown believes Romero did sufficient to win the belt that March evening in Las Vegas. Among the criticism on Romero’s efficiency was that he wanted to do greater than Adesanya since he was the challenger and never the champ.

Brown couldn’t disagree extra with that kind of considering.

“I really feel like individuals suppose that once you’re the challenger it’s a must to do that, it’s a must to do this, however you’re simply in a battle,” Brown defined. “You’re reacting to moment-to-moment motion because it involves you.

“You’re not considering, ‘I’m the challenger, I have to get him,’ you’re simply fixing the puzzle that’s in entrance of you, I’ve by no means appreciated that mentality. You need to rating the spherical. You’ll be able to’t say, ‘You need to beat the champion convincingly,’ no, it’s a must to beat him, thats it – particularly these world-class athletes. It’s not straightforward to complete these guys, to harm these guys.”





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