It’s common knowledge that Yoel Romero knows his way around an ankle pick and a flying knee. But it turns out he’s not bad at comebacks, either.
After UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier brushed off Romero’s callout in comments to “UFC Tonight,” the recent middleweight title challenger came firing back on Twitter. And honestly? It’s a pretty damning response.
You may recall that this started with Romero (13-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) congratulating Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) on his win over Stipe Miocic (18-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) at UFC 226, and then imploring him via Twitter to “give the people what they want to see” in a light heavyweight bout with Romero when the UFC returns to New York City in November.
Cormier was not impressed.
“Here’s the deal: I never wrestled Yoel Romero, but in wrestling he probably would have served me up,” Cormier said. “He’s one of the great wrestlers of all-time, but you don’t fail a class and then get moved up a grade to the next one.”
Solid response, right? Romero did just lose a split decision to UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 225, so how is he going to turn around and ask for a title shot in the next division up?
Plus, the whole “fail a class” thing is right in line with Cormier’s high school wrestling coach schtick, where he frames the entire world of professional cage fighting in terms of scholastic sports.
But then on Thursday Romero replied (via Twitter):
OK, first of all, ouch. That one stings. For anyone unable to put it together on their own, Romero is pointing out that Cormier ended up back in a title fight even after getting knocked out by Jon Jones at UFC 214. So basically, if Cormier can do it, why not Romero?
Of course, there are some mitigating circumstances at work here. Cormier’s second loss to Jones was overturned after it was revealed that Jones had tested positive for turinabol. So Cormier basically had to fight for a title next, because the no-contest at UFC 214 meant he was technically still champ. He didn’t get a title shot; he defended the belt that was technically still his.
But hey, these are just nuances. It’s factual context, which don’t always count for a lot on Twitter, especially where fighter beefs are concerned. You know Romero’s not about to get hung up on the fact that it’s not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison, right?
So far there’s been no further response from Cormier, but the champ isn’t usually one to let rivals push his buttons and then stroll off without a counter.
And if you’re Romero, right now you’re probably just hoping to keep the conversation going long enough to plant the seed in the minds of fans and UFC executives.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
Read the full article here: Yoel Romero had a zinger of a comeback for Daniel Cormier, and this one stings