Yoel Romero says Israel Adesanya was running from him during their fight

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Yoel Romero says Israel Adesanya was running from him during their fight

Yoel Romero will try to get another victory in Bellator next weekend, and this time he will be faced by a true legend and veteran of this sport, Melvin Manhoef. The event takes place on Saturday, and since it is held in Dublin, the date will be adapted to the European audience.

On the occasion of that performance, Romero was a guest of Ariel Helwani in 'The MMA Hour' last night, where he talked mostly not about the upcoming match, but about the one against Israel Adesanya. He also said that the only boring fight in his career was against the middleweight champion: "It left a lot to be desired, but let’s get things straight,” Romero said through a translator.

“He called me [out], right? He’s like, ‘OK, nobody wants to face the beast. I want to face the beast. Not only do I want to face the beast, I want retire him.’ And then I got excited. I was like OK, this is going to be one hell of a fight.

Let’s go. You want the beast? You’ll get the beast. So then I go up, I get ready for the fight, I’m ready to stand in the middle of the octagon right there — and I do, I stand up in the middle of the octagon ready to brawl, ready for blood to be shed and for fans to see a true all-out war.

Right?But what happened? He starts to fight and he feels my power, and all of a sudden, what? He starts running away from me. I’m not going to start chasing after you." "That’s not what I’m going to do.

The UFC was pampering him, was pampering Izzy, and basically I guess what they wanted was for me to go running after him. No, I’m not going to do that. If he was intimidated and didn’t want to exchange punches with me, that’s on him, not on me.

All I did was stand up in there wanting to fight like a man and exchange blows. He didn’t want to do that, that’s on him. But it could have been way more than it was."

Izzy ran away

“Now don’t get me wrong, I do understand when someone wants to fight smart,” Romero said.

“If you want to get in and out, get a couple of kicks here, a couple punches there, pick your moment, that is absolutely fine. But that’s not what he did. What he did was whenever he felt like I was coming up to him, he literally just ran away."

Romero recently said that his next career goal is to capture two belts in Bellator, middleweight and light heavyweight. If he wins on Saturday, he will be one step closer to achieving his goal.