Former UFC title contender Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero will face Melvin Manhoef in a light heavyweight fight at Bellator 285. The event takes place on Friday September 23 at 3 Arena in Dublin and features a lightweight main event between Benson Henderson and Peter Queally.
The clash with Manhoef will be 45-year-old Romero’s third in Bellator, all fights so far being in the light heavyweight division. However, the former UFC middleweight recently revealed that he will go down to 185 pounds next, in his quest of becoming Bellator double champion.
“My goals are still the same, my ambitions are still the same – become champion in both divisions. I’m fighting at 205 in this fight and after this fight, lose some weight and go down to 185 pounds. Resist a little more, not eat as much and go down to my old division, 185 pounds,” Romero said in a recent interview with MMA Junkie.
Swedish “King” Karl Albrektsson fights at Bellator 285
Fighting on the same card as Yoel Romero is Swedish light heavyweight stand out “King” Karl Albrektsson who will face Karl Moore. The Irish fighter has a professional record of 9-2 and is a former Cage Warriors champion.
28-year-old Albrektsson has a professional record of 13-3, with two straight wins in the organization.
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