What a great fight. I'll keep this straight to the point. After rewatching the fight I had Yoel Romero winning rounds 2 & 3. I give Costa the first round. Solid pressure, nasty power combinations to the head and devastating body kicks. Costa dropped Yoel Romero early, but Yoel stunned him in return. Paulo Costa wins the round due to pressure, volume and nasty intentions, but it was far from a beating. Yoel Hurt Costa on a couple occasions. "Wild round" - Joe Rogan Paulo Costa started the second round fast and with bad intentions. A lot of offence, resuming his forward pressure and destructive power combinations. Yoel Romero is a freak of nature for a 42 year old man, by far the greatest athlete we've witnessed in MMA. A lot of fighters would cower in front of a beast like Paulo Costa, but Yoel played the rope-a-dope against the cage. I'm under the impression this was his game plan. And it wasn't a stupid one, because half way through the second round is where Paulo Costa starts slowing the pace down and breathing heavy. It's still a back and forth war, but the tide is changing. Very close round, Yoel finishes the round with a take down. You gotta give it to Costa, he doesn't step back. He is visibility tired in the third round, but doesn't fold and keeps on trying to murder Yoel with every shot. Round 3 is when Yoel Romero starts shining. His awkward approach to boxing is having success and Costa is clearly frustrated by it. Yoel lands some hard shots and Costa finishes the round with a bloodied face. Third round goes to Romero and I don't think anyone debates that. CONCLUSION: Yoel Romero arguably won that fight, I personally think he did. Yes, he has missed weight on a couple occasions, yes he is on a losing streak, but if Costa is injured, the next in line is Yoel Romero, he deserves the title shot. This fight reminded me how good Robert Whittaker is. I believe Costa needs to adjust his approach to fighting in 5 round fights. I'm out peace.