Yoel Romero: Ex-UFC star goes viral for lifting his opponent like he weighed nothing

  • Tom Ward
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Former UFC star Yoel Romero has gone viral after a video emerged of him picking up one of his opponents like he weighed nothing before effortlessly tossing him to the floor.

The “Soldier of God” is most commonly known for his time spent competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but before he made it to the big leagues he was forced to make a name for himself fighting on much smaller shows across Europe.

And it wasn’t long before people started to take notice of Romero – as he demonstrated the perfect use of the ankle pick technique against his opponent Michal Fijalka at IFF: ‘The Eternal Struggle’ in Poland back in October 2010.

In one swift move, Romero picked up Fijalka by his ankle like a ragdoll before throwing him to the ground without so much as breaking a sweat.

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It was only Romero’s second MMA fight, but after his incredible show of insane strength and athleticism, it was obvious then that he was destined for greater things.

And journalist Ben Fowlkes still can’t get over Romero’s execution of this insane move.

VIDEO: Ex-UFC star Yoel Romero effortlessly ankle picks Michal Fijalka like he’s a child

Check out the video below…

The American MMA writer posted a video of Romero performing the move on Twitter, writing: “Yoel Romero fights this week and that’s all the excuse I need to post my all-time favourite MMA ankle pick.”

Romero, 45, will make his return to the cage in a few days’ time.

The Olympic silver medallist hasn’t set foot inside the cage since beating Alex Polizzi via technical knockout back in May.

But the 45-year-old will be back in action when he takes on Melvin Manhoef in the co-main event of Bellator 285 at the 3Arena in Dublin on September 23.

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Ex-UFC star Yoel Romero will be in action at Bellator Dublin

The former UFC fighter signed a long-term contract with Scott Coker’s company two years ago.

He has made a couple of appearances already, however, he will be keen to get some momentum going after dropping his debut to Phil Davis.

Speaking previously about Romero, Coker confirmed that he is interested in pitting the former-wrestler turned mixed martial artist against former two-time middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi.

“One of the reasons we brought Yoel Romero in was to eventually fight Gegard Mousasi,” he said at the Bellator 280 post-fight press conference.

“If Yoel keeps winning, I think you’ll see a collision at some point at either 185 or 205.”

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