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Alexander Gustafsson wants to welcome Yoel Romero to UFC light heavyweight division

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Alexander Gustafsson is on board for a matchup with Yoel Romero.

After Romero (13-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) missed weight for his UFC middleweight title fight against Robert Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) at UFC 225 this past weekend, UFC President Dana White said he would like to see “The Soldier of God” move up a division and see what he can do at light heavyweight.

In particular, White said he would be interested in a showdown between Romero and two-time UFC title challenger Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC), likely to determine who gets the next shot at current 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC).

“I think he should move up to 205 pounds and fight the No. 1 contender to see who fights for the title,” White said.

Gustafsson, 31, appears to be quite interested in making the matchup happen (via Twitter):

Just because the ”BOSS” DC @dc_mma said so lets do it Yoel @YoelRomeroMMA Obviously both of you have difficulties making weight 🤣

— Alexander Gustafsson (@AlexTheMauler) June 14, 2018

Just because the ”BOSS” DC @dc_mma said so lets do it Yoel @YoelRomeroMMA Obviously both of you have difficulties making weight 🤣

Romero, 41, began his career at light heavyweight but dropped a weight class after suffering his first career loss under the now-defunct Strikeforce banner in September 2011. He went unbeaten at middleweight for more than four years but has seen scattered results of late.

Two of Romero’s past three fights have been decision losses to Whittaker, and his past two bouts, including an interim title fight vs. Luke Rockhold, have seen him miss championship weight. The latter issue caused White to encourage Romero to move up.

It remains to be seen if Romero will oblige, though. His team has said repeatedly since UFC 225 that his home is middleweight, and he doesn’t intend on leaving the weight class. Perhaps the high-stakes matchup with Gustafsson, No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, could help change his mind, though.

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