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Can Cuban MMA fighter Yoel Romero become a UFC Champ?

Meet Yoel Romero. He’s a nice guy…

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Romero is an MMA fighter who goes by the nickname “The Soldier of God.”  romero-fighting-501166182

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He currently holds an 11-1 in the UFC and could soon be fighting for a UFC championship belt.

Not bad for a guy who is 38 years old.

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Don’t let his age fool you, Romero is in his prime. He’s hasn’t lost a fight since joining the UFC in 2013. The Cuban native has won seven fights in a row, five by knockout.

He’s also a world champion wrestler and an Olympian.

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Representing Cuba in the 2000 Olympics in Athens, Romero took the silver medal in freestyle wrestling. He placed fourth in the 2004 Olympic games and won the 1999 World Wrestling Championships.

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And he uses those wrestling skills in the cage:

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Earlier this year, Romero showed he was for real when he knocked out former UFC Light Heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida. He used his wrestling…

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And then he finished Machida off with a series of vicious elbows.

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Before the fame, there was Pinar Del Rio, Cuba.

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Romero was a product of Cuba’s athletic development program, which meant he was training to be a wrestler at an early age. Romero told MMA Junkie that he originally wanted to try judo – that’s the martial art Ronda Rousey is known for – but a coach told him he had the body of a wrestler.

After his success in freestyle wrestling, Romero wanted to expand his career. He defected from Cuba in 2005 after a wrestling tournament in Germany.

He had to leave his family, but his gamble paid off.

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Romero had to be patient once he moved to the US. He worked as a wrestling coach after leaving Cuba and didn’t get his first pro MMA fight until 2009.

Although he made it to the US, he’s still hungry for more.

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“He likes fighting more than eating food.” That’s a quote from one of his trainers. Romero is known for his tireless work ethic and tip-top shape.

And next time he gets his hands raised in the Octagon, Romero is hoping there’s a title belt to go along with it.

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Argentinian MMA Fighter Took Down Man Who Tried To Steal Her Phone

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Argentinian MMA Fighter Took Down Man Who Tried To Steal Her Phone

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There are few things more aggravating and devastating than someone stealing your phone. Smartphones have become an extension of us. Everything is on there. So, when one man tried to steal one from a woman in Argentina, he wasn’t ready for the beatdown of his life.

One thief learned a lesson he won’t soon forget.

A viral video is showing on thief’s hard-learned lesson. A man in Argentina tried to steal a smartphone from an unsuspecting woman. What he wasn’t prepared for was that the woman is an MMA fighter. It was long after he took the phone that he learned that the woman, identified as Brisa, was not someone to be messed with.

Like most people in the world, the 4-foot-11 woman was tired of being on reduced wages because of Covid. She spent a long time saving up money to buy a new smartphone and was furious when the man tried to run away with it.

Brisa was ready to take the man on the moment he snatched her phone.

According to reports, Brisa and her friend immediately gave chase to the man who stole the phone. They yelled for people to help them apprehend the thief and he was finally stopped by a group of workers.

When he was stopped, Brisa finally got her phone back, but that wasn’t it for the thief. Brisa then delivered a series of blows to teach the man a thing or two about stealing from her.

“I refused to accept this guy coming along and making more than half my wages in three seconds,” Brisa told Nostros a La Mañana. “Hopefully this guy never steals again. I was lucky because I know how to defend myself as I practice MMA, but I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.”

People on social media are celebrating her moment of vigilante justice.

This is not the first time a man has tried to steal from a woman in Latin America and suffered severe punishment. Last year, a man tried to steal a phone from a woman in Brazil who turned out to be an MMA fighter. The man was also taught a valuable lesson.

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Demi Lovato Will Be Singing The National Anthem At The Boxing Match, Maybe Next Time She’ll Get Her Own Fight

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Demi Lovato Will Be Singing The National Anthem At The Boxing Match, Maybe Next Time She’ll Get Her Own Fight

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Demi Lovato has been tapped to sing the national anthem at the upcoming Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor on August 26. The pop star has long been vocal, and visible, about her love for the world of mixed martial arts, so it isn’t a total surprise that she would be associated with a highly anticipated fight.

Demi Lovato first started to show off her love of all things mixed martial arts (MMA) towards the end of last year.

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She has made it a point to train with people who are very much involved with the upper echelons of MMA. It was even reported that the singer wanted to have a true, legitimate MMA fight. That said, it isn’t totally surprising that UFC would tap the singer to sing the national anthem.

She has put her training to the test by going against Sylvester Stallone.

Okay. Clearly, Stallone let her win but who else can say they got to rumble with Rocky?

Lovato has expressed that MMA helped her break the boredom of her traditional workouts.

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“Sometimes I get really bored when I do just an hour of cardio, so sometimes I struggle with boredom,” Lovato told PEOPLE. “But that’s why I like to train MMA, because it keeps it exciting.”

She even dated BJJ black belt and MMA fighter Guilherme ”Bomba” Vasconcelos at one point.

When you kick bae's ass ??? #jiujitsu @bombatuf

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And, quite frankly, she owned him in the gym. ?

But, the burning question is, will Lovato plug her Fabletics clothing line?

Only watching her performance will tell.

(H/T: Billboard)

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