In the world of combat sports, age is often viewed as a hindrance, but for the 46-year-old Yoel Romero, it's a source of strength and experience. As he gears up for his return at the upcoming PFL vs. Bellator card on February 24th, Romero downplays concerns about his age, emphasizing that his performances have been nothing short of impressive.
Romero, also known as the 'Soldier of God,' has been absent from the cage since he clashed with Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 297 in June. Despite facing a setback in his title bout against Israel Adesanya in 2020, Romero secured his place in the upcoming event with dominant knockout victories over Melvin Manhoef and Alex Polizzi.
Addressing questions about his age at the PFL vs. Bellator press conference, Romero dismissed any concerns, stating,
“My performances in the cage have been good [despite my age].”
He sees his years as a fighter as an advantage, a repository of knowledge and experience that sets him apart in the octagon.
Looking ahead to his bout against former UFC title challenger Thiago Santos, Romero expressed admiration for Santos' previous performances, anticipating an exciting clash. Despite coming off a decision loss to Nemkov, Romero remains confident, emphasizing the positive experiences and growth he gains with each fight.
“It was a great fight between Santos and Jon Jones. I thought Santos looked great in the fight, and that’s what I am expecting come next month,” Romero commented during the press conference.
As the PFL vs. Bellator event approaches, the focus on Romero's age takes a back seat to the anticipation of a thrilling matchup. The cross-promoted card promises other exciting bouts, including Ryan Bader vs. Renan Ferreira and Jason Jackson vs. Ray Cooper III.
Romero's perspective on age challenges the conventional narrative, inviting fans to witness firsthand whether his seasoned skills can outshine the potential concerns associated with being a 46-year-old fighter.