Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa is back on, this time eyed for UFC 241 in Anaheim in August.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s the plan with Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa, which feels like a pairing that has been planned just about forever. After most recently falling through for UFC Fort Lauderdale, Romero vs. Costa is now in the works for UFC 241 in August. ESPN was first to report the news.
The Fort Lauderdale card, shifted to ESPN+ from it’s original slot on ESPN, eventually became UFC on ESPN+ 9, headlined by Jacare Souza and Jack Hermansson.
Romero (13–3) has not fought since June 2018 as a result. That’s when he dropped a split decision against champ Robert Whittaker at UFC 225. Romero had missed weight for the fight, making him ineligible to win the belt.
Costa (12–0) last fought at UFC 226 in July 2018, where he finished Uriah Hall by TKO. He had been booked with Romero at UFC 230, only to have that fall through for medical reasons.
Most recently, Costa found himself in hot water with USADA, following a determination that he had used banned IV treatment to re-hydrate. However, as his suspension was retroactive, he is already cleared to return to action.
UFC 241 takes place August 17, 2019 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic meet for the second time in the main event.