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Anderson who? Yoel Romero could be greatest UFC middleweight of all time, according to manager

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UFC 221: Romero v Rockhold Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Question: Can you be the greatest fighter ever in a division that you have yet to hold a belt for?

According to mixed martial arts (MMA) power agent Malki Kawa, the short answer is “yes.” And you have to look no further than Yoel Romero’s resume as proof. During his tenure with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), “Soldier of God” has racked up a highly-impressive record of 9-1. But what makes his resume that much more impressive is who he has taken out.

Romero has wins over four former champions in Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Ronaldo Souza and most-recently knocked out ex-Middleweight king Luke Rockhold rather viciously at UFC 221 (see it again here). In fact, three of those wins were devastating finishes for the Cuban-born fighter.

That’s why Kawa believes there is a strong case to be made to consider Yoel as the greatest middleweight fighter of all time.

“I think there’s a case to be made that this guy might be the greatest middleweight of all time. If you look at the record he has and who his wins come against, he has got more wins against former champions than Anderson Silva does,” explained Kawa during a recent appearance on The Luke Thomas Show.

Of course, part of of Romero’s rep was tarnished due to a failed drug test, stool-gate and his most recent transgression of failing to make weight for his scheduled interim title fight against Luke.

“Soldier of God” eventually cleared his beef with USADA, and Kawa reminds everyone that Yoel took the Luke fight on short notice, and missing weight was a risk everyone knew could be a possibility.

“So, in reality he missed weight and he took this fight on short notice. I just want people to understand that this was a risk that not only he took but so did the UFC and everybody else. This is not a professionalism thing. If he had time to properly do this the way he normally would’ve done it, there is no doubt in my mind he would make the weight.”

Before accepting the Rockhold bout, Romero was lined up to face David Branch at UFC on FOX 28 on February 25, in Orlando, which means he had to ramp up his weight-cutting process after accepting the late-notice change of date.

“I have no doubt he will make 185 when he fights for the title again against Whittaker. So the reality of it is if you look at his record, he lost a razor-thin close fight to Whittaker, current champion, knocked out Luke Rockhold, and he’s knocked out a couple of other former champions. In the end, when you look at it, look at his resume, I just don’t know of there is anyone that honestly deserves it (title shot). Dana has already said he’s getting it, so we are expecting the fight with Whittaker next.

Dana White did in fact confirm Romero’s title bid despite his scale fail. Much to the chagrin of this guy, I’m sure.

“Belt or no belt, he is one of the greatest middleweight to ever fight. You have to look at his resume and you have to look at the guys he’s beaten. He’s beaten four former champions, and there is only one another guy that I know has victories like that in the UFC, and that’s Jon Jones and you hear me saying he’s the greatest fighter of all time. Yes, he’s never won the belt, but I think if he wins the belt against Whittaker, you start to cement that and make that case.”

Romero’s only loss inside the eight-sided cage was to Robert Whittaker in a five-round interim title fight at UFC 213. Now, “Soldier of God” will get the opportunity to get his first taste of UFC gold when he gets his rematch against “The Reaper” later this year.

Should he prove victorious, will you consider Romero as the greatest 185-pound fighter ever?