Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa, which was
scheduled for 1/19 in Brooklyn, is off … again. More, including
who Romero wants instead here: pic.twitter.com/bON9RESP2G
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani)
November 7, 2018
A blockbuster middleweight clash between two-time middleweight
title challenger Yoel Romero
and rising star Paulo Costa has been cancelled for a second time,
according to a report from ESPN.
The pair had been booked to meet on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn, New York
when Costa picked up an undisclosed injury in training for and was
forced to withdraw. It appears Romero would like to stay on the
card early next year and fight former middleweight champion
Silva last fought in February 2017 — in Brooklyn, coincidentally
— but has been out of the sport since then after failing a USADA
drug test on Oct. 26, 2017. “The Spider” was given a one-year
suspension for the doping violation dating back to November.
Romero vs. Costa was originally scheduled for last weekend at UFC
230, but the fight was too soon for Romero, who hadn’t been cleared
after undergoing surgery to repair a broken orbital bone he
suffered in his loss against Robert
Whittaker back in June.
Costa last fought in July, dismantling Uriah Hall
and finishing him in the second-round via TKO.