Las Vegas – Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series fighter Anthony “The Genius” Romero.
The fourth season of the hit show Dana White’s Contender Series continues with Episode 4, featuring a lineup of rising athletes looking to make their dreams come true by impressing UFC President Dana White and earning a spot on the UFC roster.
The event takes place on Tuesday, August 25 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, with all five bouts streaming exclusively on ESPN+ in the US.
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NAME: Anthony Romero
NICKNAME: Anthony “The Genius” Romero
WEIGHT CLASS: Lightweight
AGE: 23 years old – 2/25/97
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-11, 155
LEG REACH: –
BIRTHPLACE: Welland, Ontario, Canada
FIGHTING OUT OF: Welland, Ontario, Canada
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English, Spanish
STYLE: Freestyle / Taekwondo
TRAINERS: Chris Prickett, Lyndon Wittlock, & Rory McDonell
STRENGTHS: Well-rounded and versatile
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 7-0
Thoughts on opponent, Mike Breeden? Tough guy, good fighter. Will stand and bang.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I’ve been training martial arts since the age of five; the arts are a focal point in my life. Since five, I have been building for this moment, to be a professional athlete at the highest level with the best promotion in the world. Mixed Martial Arts is my ethos.
What ranks and titles have you held? Ohio Combat League Lightweight Champion, Pinnacle Lightweight Champion, IT Fight Series Lightweight Champion, 3x Kickboxing National Champion (Canada), Bronze Medalist at Kickboxing Pan-Ams, Gold Medalist at BJJ Pan-Ams, black belt in Taekwondo, brown belt in BJJ, black belt in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu
Do you have any heroes? My father, Renee, and mother, Caroline. They’ve sacrificed a lot for me. The credit all goes to them.
What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It would be a dream come true; the hard work and sacrifice from everyone involved would mean something more. It would change my life but would only be the beginning. I plan to be here for a long time.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes – Graduated from Brock University and have a degree in Recreational & Leisure Studies
What was your job before you started fighting? Bouncer & Sports Coordinator (oddly, they go together very well!)
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 9-1 amateur record
Favorite grappling technique: D’Arce choke
Favorite Striking technique: Jab
Twitter account name: @Genius_MMA
Facebook account: Anthony Romero
Instagram account: @Genius_MMA
OTHER KEY POINTS:
- Pro since 2017
- Two wins by KO, one by submission (RNC)
- Two first round finishes
- Origin of nickname: “I have a smart, analytical fighting style.”
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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