Yoel Romero hits out at Jake Paul for snubbing boxing match

Shamanth Jayaram September 17, 2021
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Speaking on The MMA Hour show, former UFC star Yoel Romero has had a go at Jake Paul for backing out of a boxing fight at the end of last year.

The self-proclaimed ‘Soldier of God’ was released by the UFC in December 2020. He quickly signed a deal with Bellator, but an opportunity to fight the younger of the Paul brothers came up just before that.

Romero has claimed Paul wanted to fight him, but the YouTuber backed out after the Cuban’s camp revealed to him they would be interested. He faced another ex-UFC star in Ben Askren and won that fight comfortably.

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Yoel Romero: Jake Paul only wants easy fights

Romero’s interpreter told Ariel Helwani on the show: “What happened was, initially, Jake Paul wanted to do a fight with Yoel, but then when Yoel wanted to do it, the Paul team cancelled the fight. Initially, they wanted to do the fight with Yoel.

“That was when he was just getting out of the UFC. He had not signed with Bellator yet, and they said eventually no they don’t want Yoel. They decided to go with Ben Askren.

“They don’t want to face a real fighter. [Jake and Logan Paul] are just trying to make it a show and they don’t want to ruin their show. They’re finding the easy fights. Even though [Logan] fought Mayweather, but the thing is, there’s a huge weight difference.”

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What’s Romero up to these days?

Although Romero signed for Bellator more than nine months ago, he has yet to make his debut. He was scheduled to fight Anthony Johnson, first in April and then in May, but failed his medicals.

Romero is finally expected to make his debut this weekend. He is set to face Phil Davis in the main event of Bellator 266.

Now 44, this won’t be an easy fight for Romero by any means. David, despite losing his last fight, has a phenomenal record, and he would love nothing more than to spoil the Cuban’s debut party.

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Shamanth works as a senior editor at GRV Media. Based in Bangalore, India, he's a massive Arsenal fan who also enjoys a bit of UFC every now and then.