ROUNDTABLE: Who wins between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa?

Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa
Aug 16, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa meet face to face with UFC president Dana White present during weigh ins for UFC 241 at Anaheim Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

At UFC 241, Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa will fight in a middleweight showdown. Who wins?

Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa predictions.

Frank Hyden MMATorch Columnist

Both of these men seem a bit unhinged so I think we’ll see a wild fight that ends in explosive fashion. I’ll go with Costa by TKO in the 2nd round in an upset. This has a chance to be the Fight of the Night, though it also has a chance to be a big dud. I’m hoping for the former, or at least a fight that’s fun and exciting.

Sean Covington MMATorch Contributor

I’m going to pick Paulo Costa just because I don’t pick a lot of upsets. Costa hasn’t seen the third round in the UFC, and one way or the other he ain’t seeing it here. Yoel is the man who should end the reign of Jon Jones but we have to settle for a brutal KO of a young talent like Costa…if Costa doesn’t finish him first. Yoel doesn’t have the best tank, and we haven’t seen what Costa’s tank is like in deep waters so this should be interesting.

Michael Hiscoe MMATorch Columnist

Paulo Costa is undefeated but also terribly inactive and untested at the top level. He hits hard, but after Yoel Romero’s wars with Robert Whittaker, we know he can take a shot. Costa’s tendency to swing for the fences will play right into Romero’s sit back and wait approach. I expect Romero to lay back and give Costa a false sense of security before securing an explosive finish in the third round.

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