Former middleweight title challenger Joel Romero has split with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), according to ESPN’s Ariel Helvani.
According to sources, Romero has three fights left in his UFC contract.
Romero, 43, faces a sluggish final loss to current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 248 last March. “Soldier of God” has now lost his last three Octagon appearances since June 2016, when he was defeated by Robert Whittaker for the interim title.
Despite his inability to capture UFC gold in several headline shots, Romero will still descend as one of the most physically capable fighters to step into the Ectagon. He topped the 9-4 UFC record ahead of former champions Luke Rockhold, Lyodo Machida and Chris Wheatman.
“We did not expect Romero’s time at UFC to end like this,” Romero’s manager Malki Kawa told ESPN, “We are grateful for the opportunity. [UFC president] Dana White, [general counsel] Hunter Campbell and [matchmaker] Mick Maynard gave him many years. He is now moving forward and ready to start his life again, as we are already talking with other commercials as we speak. ”
For now, Romero is a free agent, he can go where he wants. While it’s fun to watch “Soldier of God” compete outside the box just like Knuckle Boxing, Romero listens to George Masvidel and takes a shot at Jake Paul inside the ring.
Stay tuned to Mania for more news on Romero’s UFC departure.