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Yoel Romero: I will ‘take the belt’ at middleweight before moving up to become light heavyweight champ

Yoel Romero wants to become the UFC’s next two-division champion.

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Yoel Romero has failed to capture the UFC middleweight title on two separate occasions, but ‘Soldier of God’ is not giving up just yet.

Romero, who dropped two losses to reigning middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, wants to win the 185-pound title before moving up in weight to conquer the light heavyweight division.

The Cuban revealed his long-term plan of becoming a UFC two-division champ to The Body Lock’s Michael Fiedel.

“Yeah, of course [I want to stay at middleweight]. Me, my coaches and my team, we are only thinking about winning the belt at 185. I don’t know what’s going on now, about fighting in the other division but [I’m] only thinking about 185,” Romero said in a recent interview.

“I said I will take the belt [at middleweight] and then we can make a business deal with the UFC and go to another division and take another belt.”

As part of his quest to capture UFC gold, Romero must first get past Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza, who he will take on in the upcoming UFC on ESPN 3 main event. The American Top Team standout originally beat Jacare via split decision at UFC 194.

UFC on ESPN 3 takes place next month, April 27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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