It took less than one minute for Canadian Anthony “The Genius” Romero (7-0-0) to grab the Ohio Combat League inaugural lightweight title.
Ohio Combat League 7 took place this past weekend in Columbus. The 23-year-old Romero took action right away in the first round knocking Jake Miller (5-2-0) to the ground with a combination of punches. The referee called the fight at 58 seconds when Miller failed to protect himself from Romero’s ground and pound.
The Scrap had a chance to speak to Romero as he held his shiny new belt. “I’m excited because I feel like I have a huge opportunity to move onto something big,” said Romero. “I have been working hard to get something like that. The combination that I knocked him down with I’ve been practicing a lot with one of my coaches Lyndon Whitlock and it ended up working out”. Prior to the fight, the Canadian predicted he would get a 30-second knockout. “It ended up to be a few seconds longer,” he said. “But I was close with my prediction”.
Romero performed in enemy territory, however, he said it didn’t feel like it. “I had a lot of family, friends, and sponsors make the six hour drive from Welland, Ontario so there was a lot of support,” Romero shared. “I was also active in the Ohio regional scene in my amateur days so going back there feels like home and I think I may have picked up a few fans there along the way”.
— Anthony Romero (@Genius_mma) March 11, 2020
When asked what his next step might be in his career, Romero smiled and confidently stated, “UFC Saskatoon June 20, that’s my goal”. This will be the first card in Canada this year and the 32nd event overall in the country.