Yoel Romero vs Paulo Costa: UFC 241 Fight Predictions and Picks

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 4:49 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 4:49 PM UTC

Paulo Costa is one of the UFC’s brightest young stars and he is being tested against Middleweights #2 fighter.

<p style="text-align:center"><strong>The Soldier Of God Will Stop The Rise Of Paulo Costa</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Yoel Romero vs Paulo Costa</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Free UFC Pick: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/ufc/paulo-costa-vs-yoel-romero-3850804/odds/" target="_blank">Yoel Romero -145</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4556&amp;book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5Dimes </a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Record: 19-8</strong></p><p style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3850804, "sportsbooksIds":[19,180,999996,1096,169], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Yoel “The Soldier of God” Romero is easily the #2 middleweight in the world and since 2011 has only lost to one man and that is the current 185-pound champion Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker. Their last fight in June of 2018 was a closely contested split decision that many people, myself included, feel that Yoel won. He has taken a year off due to a legal battle where he was flagged for a banned substance that he was able to prove was a tainted supplement to clear his name and then sued the company proving the supplement for a cool $27 million.</p><p>Yoel is 42 and as regular readers know I have a rule about betting on fighters over 40. The only truly undefeated fighter is Father Time and while Yoel could still be a fitness model with the insane physique he has we have to remember that eventually he will finally start to show his age. Yoel is 13-3 and 11 of his 13 wins have come by KO for a rare 85% with 2 of decisions being the 2 losses to Whittaker and he nearly finished Whittaker in both fights.</p><p>Yoel is BIG for the division and has to cut a lot of weight to make 185. In fact, he missed weight in his last fight against Rob causing him to be ineligible to win the title, even had he gotten the nod in the split decision loss. He is 6’ with a 73-inch reach giving him a 1-inch reach advantage over Costa. Romero is an Olympic level wrestler and uses that to his advantage when his opponents least expect it. MMA is a weird sport where sometimes you have to read between the lines and Yoel’s 32% takedown accuracy would look a lot better if not for the 2 losses to Whittaker. He averages 1.86 takedowns per 15 minutes and generally uses his wrestling in reverse to force his opponents to stand with him giving him 78% takedown defense success. Yoel tends to conserve his energy for the first round or so and wait for his opponents to loosen up and finds an opportunity to explode and put them away.</p><p><strong>UFC 241 Free UFC Pick: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/ufc/paulo-costa-vs-yoel-romero-3850804/odds/" target="_blank">Yoel Romero -145</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/9fvAMlIJFlg\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p>
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