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Yoel Romero QUITS UFC with ‘three fights left on deal’ having most-recently lost to Israel Adesanya in Las Vegas


YOEL ROMERO has quit the UFC - despite reportedly having three fights left on his current deal.

The Cuban star, 43, last fought on March 7 when he lost to Israel Adesanya in Las Vegas.

That bout was for the UFC middleweight world title but he went down on a unanimous points decision.

But after missing out on the world title again, Romero has called time on his UFC career by splitting from the promotion even though he was scheduled to step into the octagon another three times.

His manager Malki Kawa told ESPN: "While we didn't expect Romero's time in the UFC to end like this, we are grateful for the opportunities [UFC president] Dana White, [general counsel] Hunter Campbell and [matchmaker] Mick Maynard gave him over the years.

"He's ready to move on now and resume his career.

"We are already talking to other promotions as we speak."

Romero started out in wrestling with a world championship in 1999 and then an Olympic silver medal the following year.

He switched into MMA in 2009, winning his first fight as a heavyweight inside 48 seconds.

After a defeat on his US debut and two years on the sidelines with a neck injury, White signed him to the UFC in 2013.

Romero won eight fights in a row before a controversial spell included a failed drugs test before clearing his name.

But after four failed attempts at UFC gold - two for the interim title - Romero is often considered one of the greatest fighters never to win a title.

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