Yoel Romero Signs New Multi-Fight Deal with Bellator

Yoel Romero is preparing to fight for a new partner…

The 43-year-old Cuban mixed martial artist and former freestyle wrestler, and a multiple-time UFC title challenger, has agreed to a new multi-fight deal with Bellator, according to ESPN.

Yoel Romero

Romero is expected to sign his new deal imminently.

The deal comes less than two weeks after the UFC released Romero after more than seven years in the promotion.

Initially, Bellator officials passed on Romero, but after further talks, the two sides were able to come to an agreement.

Romero is expected to debut at 205 pounds, which is the weight class in which he started his career. His debut fight and date are not set yet.

His most recent fight was a loss to middleweight champion Israel Adesanya via unanimous decision in March. Both Romero and Adesanya received criticism after the fight because it did not live up to expectations.

Romero won a silver medal in freestyle wrestling at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He made his MMA debut in 2009 and his UFC debut in 2013. He won his first eight fights inside the Octagon before losing an interim middleweight title fight to Robert Whittaker in July 2017. He fought for the interim or undisputed middleweight title four times but never won the UFC belt.

de la Fuente & Calabrese Sail Their Way to Bronze at the London Games

London Olympics 2012

Juan de la Fuente and Lucas Calabrese are sailed their way to the medal podium at the 2012 Olympic Games

Following the postponement of competition on Thursday due to a lack of wind, the 35-year-old and 25-year-old Argentine sailors returned to the high seas on Friday for the medal (final) race in the men’s 470 class sailing competition at the London Games, finishing in third place and earning them 6 points.

Juan de la Fuente & Lucas Calabrese

That performance, combined with their results in the previous 10 races, earned de la Fuente and Calabrese the bronze with a grand total of 87 points, 11 points less than Italy’s Gabrio Zandona and Pietro Zucchetti.

Australia’s Matthew Belcher and Malcom Page claimed the gold, while Great Britain’s Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell came away with the silver.

Belcher and Page, three-time world champions, were the pre-event favorites.

The gold-medal race, which counted for double points, was held on the spectator-friendly, shore-based Nothe course.

Juan de la Fuente & Lucas Calabrese

It’s de la Fuentes second sailing bronze, after coming in third in the same event at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, alongside Javier Conte.

“I knew from the beginning that we would pull out a medal,” provlaimed de la Fuente about his second time earning bronze. “With Lucas’ talent and if we refined some things we needed to refine, we would take a medal. This is more expected than the other.”

It’s Calabrese first medal in his first Olympics. And de la Fuente believes he’ll claim more in the future.

“He’s the most talented helmsman we have and he has learned a lot in the last three years, as well as being a cool-headed guy mentally, very strong physically and a very serious worker,” said de la Fuente.

Lochte Wins His First Olympic Gold Medal

London Olympics 2012

Rigoberto Urán may have been the first Latino to take the podium at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, but Ryan Lochte is the Latino first to strike gold.

Ryan Lochte

The 27-year-old half-Cuban American swimmer captured the gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley on Saturday, while his biggest rival Michael Phelps finished fourth and failed to medal for the first time since the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney when he was just 15 years old. In the end, Brazil’s Thiago Pereira was Lochte’s closest competitor.

In his first final at the Olympics, Lochte demonstrated why he’s been considered the world’s best swimmer in the the last year. He held strong throughout the race before making his move in the backstroke and finally pulling away in the breaststroke and freestyle.

Lochte’s performance was nothing short of brilliant. And, it was a sign that a changing of the guards in swimming could be at hand.