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Yoel Romero loses to Phil Davis in Bellator debut

Yoel Romero, Phil Davis

Yoel Romero made a lot of changes heading into Bellator 266 against Phil Davis. The Cuban fighter changed his promotion and his weight class going into the event.

He previously fought in the UFC, at middleweight, against Israel Adesanya at UFC 248 back in March 2020. The fight was heavily criticized as many felt it was lacking any significant action.

Yoel Romero left the UFC after the fight and signed for Bellator. He was expected to make his debut against fellow newcomer Anthony Johnson but was forced to pull out by the commission.

Romero fought Davis on Saturday but the debut left much to be desired. Romero was since again criticized for his lack of action and wasn’t able to impose his will on Davis.

Romero did have his moments as he was able to land a few clean shots and appeared to hurt Davis a little bit. It wasn’t enough as Davis was able to get the victory as he utilized his wrestling.

The third round was the one that secured the fight for Phil Davis as he got Yoel Romero to the ground and put his wrestling skills to work. It was obvious that Davis was the better fighter that night.

The judges’ scorecards came back with two scoring the bout for Davis with 30-27 and 30-26 scores, whilst the third judge controversially scored it 29-28 for Yoel Romero.

It is unclear where Romero goes from here or whether he even stays at 205. Many are hoping he takes on Anthony Johnson in the originally scheduled bout a few months ago.