The moment it became official that Anthony Johnson and Yoel Romero are on Bellator’s roster of fighters, fans set out to visualize what the fight of these two big fighters would look like, which many rank among the strongest hitters in the history of the sport.
They soon received the news that they no longer had to visualize, as their fight was arranged as one of the quarterfinal fights of the light heavyweight Grand Prix tournament. It was scheduled to take place on May 7 at the Bellator 258 event, but none of that will happen.
Yoel Romero, who is celebrating his 44th birthday today, will not be fighting Rumble that day. Namely, he did not receive a medical permit to perform. Something more about this is better explained in the official announcement of the promotion.
"Yoel Romero did not pass the pre-fight medical testing and was not given permission to perform and therefore his Bellator debut, in which he was supposed to fight Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson, was canceled."
"Bellator will soon confirm the name of his replacement, ie who will be the next opponent of Johnson in the light heavyweight Grand Prix.
Things could change
Still, it looks like things could change if Romero solves certain problems "Romero will have the opportunity to apply for a license in the coming months, and we hope to see his performance in the near future.
We will also try to arrange the highly anticipated fight between Johnson and Romero for a later date, ”they explained. What exactly it is, no one can know, but it is actually a surprise, since Romero, despite his age, has always been in more than enviable physical condition.
He never had a problem with that This was supposed to be the last fight of the quarterfinals of the tournament, after Ryan Bader and Corey Anderson, who will fight each other, and Vadim Nemkov, who is waiting for the winner of this fight, won their place in the semifinals.
The Bellator 258 event was led by a bantamweight title fight between Juan Archuleta and Sergio Pettis. We still do not know how the situation will develop in the future. Still, Romero should solve the problems that have just arisen.
If all goes well, there is still hope that we can watch Romero and Johnson in the ring, and it is still a match not to be missed and which will arouse great interest around the world. Yoel Romero, who is celebrating his 44th birthday today, will not be fighting Rumble that day.
Namely, he did not receive a medical permit to perform. Something more about this is better explained in the official announcement of the promotion.