Corridor (15-9 MMA, 8-7 UFC) may have a chance to take a significant leap ahead within the middleweight pecking order on Aug. 22 when he meets Romero (13-5 MMA, 9-Four UFC) in a key matchup for the burden class.
A number of middleweights, akin to champion Israel Adesanya, former champ Robert Whittaker and high contender Darren Until, have referenced Romero as being the “scariest” fighter within the division. Corridor doesn’t disagree, and that’s why this matchup fills him with a real pleasure.
“I’ve needed Yoel for therefore lengthy,”” Corridor instructed MMA Junkie. “Yoel’s the most effective. He’s an elite. That is the baddest, hardest and now I’m realizing is the perfect sport on the earth, and why would I not wish to check myself in opposition to the perfect. If I’m going to be in the perfect sport on the earth, why wouldn’t I wish to go up in opposition to the perfect?”
After blended outcomes early in his UFC tenure, Corridor believes he’s now within the midst of his prime. He’s using consecutive wins over Antonio Carlos Junior and Bevon Lewis, and his newfound success coincides with a transfer to the Dallas-based Fortis MMA group below coach Sayif Saud.
Corridor would be the first to confess the psychological aspect of the game has been his greatest hurdle, however he mentioned he’s now in the perfect place he may be. He was prepared to indicate precisely the place he stands in Might when he was scheduled to combat Ronaldo Souza at UFC 249, however then “Jacare” examined optimistic for COVID-19 and was pulled from the cardboard one night time prior.
Souza has been a perennial contender at 185 kilos for years, so it was tough for Corridor to not get that probability. However he mentioned it finally led to a extra substantial alternative.
“I needed to acquire myself,” Corridor mentioned. “I devoted a lot being remoted with quarantine and COVID and never with the ability to practice correctly and low on energy since you couldn’t burn them a sure means. I simply needed to readjust straight away and fortuitously I had good folks in my nook like my mother who simply mentioned, ‘Pay attention, your disappointment is God’s appointment.’ Now, wanting again it’s like, it didn’t occur, but it surely introduced me to a greater place.”
Corridor mentioned the combat supply for Romero lifted his spirits an ideal deal and gave him a brand new objective to deal with. Furthermore, it added a extra outlined path to his general profession arch.
“I do know the kind of fights that may convey the perfect out of me stylistically and I’m attempting to get to Izzy,” Corridor mentioned. “I’m attempting to get to him and in doing so I feel taking out Yoel was solidify that spot. In the event that they wish to throw Darren Until on the market I’d like to smash him too, however I’m simply attempting to climb the ladder.”
With Adesanya subsequent anticipated to defend in opposition to Paulo Costa and high contenders Whittaker and Until scheduled to combat July 25, the matchup between Corridor and Romero very a lot matches into the higher tier of vital middleweight matchups.
Corridor is aware of performances will probably decide who will get the following title shot, and being the primary to cease Romero within the UFC could be an announcement to everybody and get him the combat with Adesanya he’s been pushing arduous for.
“I’m not attempting to combat Yoel to outlive, I’m attempting to combat him to take him out,” Corridor mentioned. “I really feel like I’m in my prime. I believed I used to be in my prime at 28, I’m undoubtedly in my prime now. No matter what the UFC needs to provide or present, I’m prepared. I’m prepared to indicate these attributes and a man like Yoel, you’ve obtained to go after him. You’ve obtained to combat him. I simply wish to go after him. I’m excited to go after him. I’m not going to be reckless or careless as a result of that dude hits like a truck, however I’m attempting to get a title shot. My major focus is to get to the champ. I’m not even wanting on the belt. Izzy is the trophy. I wish to combat his type. That excites me greater than a (expletive) belt.”