Former interim UFC Middleweight Champion Yoel Romero has stopped working with the UFC despite having more fights left on his contract. Ariel Helwani of ESPN was the first to report Romero’s release.
Romero’s exit from the promotion comes months after challenging for the UFC Middleweight Championship, losing to Israel Adesanya in February.
Romero entered the UFC in 2013 with a record of four wins and one loss. He put on a strong eight-fight series of wins up until 2017. Romero took his first promotional loss in 2017, losing an interim title fight to Robert Whittaker.
Romero fell into a three-fight skid in his recent fights, losing decisions to high-level competitors like Paulo Costa and the aforementioned Whittaker and Adesanya.
Romero was scheduled to fight Uriah Hall in August on a “Fight Night” card, although injury forced him out of the matchup.