After earning a split decision over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza Saturday night at UFC 194, Yoel Romero made it known he is ready to contend for the title.
Romero, who won silver at the Summer Olympics in wrestling, was able to withstand a late takedown by Souza thanks to a big first round that left the former Strikeforce champion wobbled.
“He is tough, I knew that,” Romero said. “But I believe in God. That’s why I win.”
Romero (11-1) has now won seven in a row since a 2011 loss to Rafael Cavalcante, beating the likes of Souza, Lyoto Machida, Tim Kennedy and Brad Tavares.
So, what could be next for the 38-year-old? He wants a shot at the title.
“I am ready,” he said. “I am ready for everybody.”
Over the 15-minute battle, Romero finished 73 of 98 in total strikes compared to 43 of 56 by Souza. The former wrestler, though, did not completed – or even attempt – a takedown.