When Silva and Paul fight on October 29 in Phoenix, Arizona, for eight rounds, Yoel Romero thinks Silva will win. Romero (14-6 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) is on Silva's side, but he concedes that Paul is still in the fight.
“If Anderson appeals to experience, he can win,” Romero said.
“Now, he can’t go toe to toe. A hit from this young man could hurt him, you know. But I think it will go to decision, that’s my point of view.”
“I’m always on Anderson’s side,” Romero said.
“First of all, for what he means to me on a personal basis, I respect him a lot – regardless that we almost fought like on two occasions. That doesn’t take away to me recognizing his greatness as an athlete and a person.
“I think that if he is still healthy, stays in shape, and has good conditioning – and also hasn’t lost his reflexes, abilities, and strengths – I think Anderson takes it because he has the experience on his advantage. Now, what could kill him are those three things I mentioned – strength quickness, and his precision. If he still has those things, that’s all he’ll need.”