|With major debut bouts this month: Alexis Vila (l) and Yoel Romero (r)|
Two of Cuba's contributions to the athletic arena will make major promotional MMA debuts this month. Freestyle wrestlers-turned-mixed martial artists Alexis Vila and Yoel Romero Palacio will take to the big stage as Vila joins Bellator's Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal and Palacio appears on the undercard of Strikeforce's World Grand Prix Semifinals card.
Both fighters will fight for the first time with major, televised promotions. Both fighters have medaled in Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Competition. Both are from Cuba. Both are undefeated...
Vila won a Bronze Medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He currently holds a 9-0 record, and is set to face another international wrestling star, Joe Warren, at Bellator 51 on September 24.
Alexis Vila is one feisty dude. He has the attitude and confidence for the game. He is quick, agile, and athletic. Even at 40 years old, Alexis Vila remains in fighting shape. Vila is a sure candidate for Bellator's Bantamweight Title.
Yoel Romero has the tools to make a successful Strikeforce debut against Rafael Cavalcante this Saturday. Romero is highly skilled and athletic. Wrestling is obviously his strength, but it is his striking game that has led him to a record of four wins, zero losses -- all by form of knockout.