Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is ditching the year’s supply of Turtle Wax and instead considering a light heavyweight strap as a consolation prize to a pair of combatants who are 0-2 in championship title fights.
That’s according to a recent tweet from ESPN reporter Ariel Helwani, who brings word that UFC is so desperate for a UFC 230 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, that it’s cobbling together Alexander Gustafsson vs. Yoel Romero at 205 pounds.
“UFC seriously discussing booking Yoel Romero vs. Alexander Gustafsson at light heavyweight for the MSG card on 11/3, according to multiple sources,” Helwani said. “The fight isn’t finalized, though. A title would be on the line with both interim and official options discussed.”
The winner would likely move on to face the returning Jon Jones.
The status of the light heavyweight title is unknown at this time and could depend on what happens with reigning division kingpin Daniel Cormier, who wanted to make a 205-pound title defense before facing Brock Lesnar in 2019.
Gustafsson and Romero were previously linked to a 2018 slugfest when “Soldier of God” got tried of cutting down to the 185-pound weight class. The fight never materialized as the Cuban battled lingering injuries.
Nothing is official at this time and as the report suggests, there are plenty of moving parts. One thing I can guarantee, is that Paulo Costa is going to be pisssssssed.