Over the past 30 hours, a surprising feud between Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) and Romero (13-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) has gained traction, all starting with “The Solider of God” calling for the next shot at the UFC light heavyweight title.Cormier issued a swift and sensible dismissal of Romero’s proposal, telling his fellow Olympian that “you don’t fail a class and then get moved up a grade,” in reference to Romero missing weight for consecutive title fights at middleweight. Romero came back with a direct reference to Cormier’s fights with long-time rival Jon Jones, and that caused the current 205-pound and heavyweight titleholder to fire back once more (via Twitter):
After Cormier, 39, added the UFC heavyweight belt around his waist with a first-round knockout of Stipe Miocic at UFC 226, the dual champion said he would like to defend both belts but would only consider a return to 205 pounds for a big fight.
Hey @yoelromeroMMA heres the difference between you and me: Youve missed weight in your last two fights and Ive won two belts in my last two fights. Youre also 0-2 in your last two title fights, boi #keepdreaming. And hey, get Malki off your Twitter. Its embarrassing.
Romero, 41, proposed jumping up a weight class and fighting Cormier at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 in New York. The idea seemed unrealistic at first especially with Cormier lined up for a date with Brock Lesnar early next year but the ongoing beef with Romero could potentially change the circumstances.
Only time will tell, but Cormier clearly has no problem engaging Romero in a back-and-forth.For more on the UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.