UFC and Yoel Romero part ways

Middleweight contender Yoeo Romero is no longer a UFC fighter. The 43-year-old Cuban and the fight promotion have parted ways. Romero's manager, Malki Kawa, confirmed the development to ESPN on Friday. "While we didn't expect Romero's time in the UFC to end like this," Kawa told ESPN, "we are grateful for the opportunities [UFC president] Dana White, [general counsel] Hunter Campbell and [matchmaker] Mick Maynard gave him over the years. He's ready to move on now and resume his career, and we are already talking to other promotions as we speak." TRENDING > YouTuber Jake Paul claims he’s in talks to fight Conor McGregor Romero, won the 2000 Summer Olympic silver metal in freestyle wrestling. After his wrestling career concluded, Romero transitioned into mixed martial arts. He made his professional fighting debut in December 2009 and made his UFC debut in April 2013. Upon arriving in the UFC, Romero won his first eight bouts with the promotion. He competed for the 185-pound interim title or undisputed title four times without capturing the championship. He last fought in March, losing to champion Israel Adessanya by unanimous decision. Yoel Romero's final UFC fight (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

UFC Vegas 16: Hermansson vs. Vettori weigh-in face-offs video

UFC Vegas 16 headliners Jack Hermansson and Marvin Vettori, along with the rest of the fight card, faced off following Friday's weigh-in at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube) TRENDING > UFC Vegas 16 weigh-in results: Hermansson vs. Vettori official, but Saint Preux misses weight UFC Vegas 16: Hermansson vs. Vettori full weigh-in video (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

UFC Vegas 16 weigh-in results: Hermansson vs. Vettori official, but Saint Preux misses weight

Like the entirety of 2020, there was no shortage of bumps along the way, but UFC Vegas 16 became official following Friday's weigh-in. The vast majority of fighters weighed in within the first 20 minutes of so of the two-hour weigh-in window. Main eventers Jack Hermansson and Marvin Vettori wasted little time as they hit the scale at 185.5 and 186 pounds respectively. The UFC Vegas 16 middleweight main event was a last-minute match-up after Hermansson's original opponent, Kevin Holland, was removed from the bout after testing positive for COVID-19 just days ago. Vettori had been slated to face Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza at UFC 256 on Dec. 12. With Holland out, however, he agreed to a basic swap of opponents. Vettori now faces Hermansson on Saturday, while Holland, pending medical clearance, will face Jacare at UFC 256. Ovince Saint Preux misses weight for the first time Ovince Saint Preux was quick to the scale on Friday, which is usually an indicator that everything is going well, but that wasn't the case for him. For the first time in his nearly eight-year UFC tenure, Saint Preux failed to make weight. He stepped on the scale at 207.5 pounds for his UFC Vegas 16 light heavyweight co-main event bout opposite Jamahal Hill. Shortly after the weigh-in, UFC officials confirmed that the Saint Preux vs. Hill bout would still move forward. Saint Preux will forfeit 20-percent of his fight purse to Hill. UFC Vegas 16: Hermansson vs. Vettori Live Results UFC Vegas 16: Hermansson vs. Vettori weigh-in results UFC Vegas 16 Main Card (10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN+) Main Event: Jack Hermansson (185.5) vs Marvin Vettori (186)Co-Main Event: Ovince Saint Preux (207.5)* vs Jamahal Hill (205.5)Gabriel Benitez (155.5) vs Justin Jaynes (156)Montana De La Rosa (125.75) vs Taila Santos (125.5)Roman Dolidze (205) vs John Allan (205)Nate Landwehr (145.5) vs Movsar Evloev (145.5) UFC Vegas 16 Preliminary Card (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN+) Louis Smolka (134.5) vs Jose Quinonez (135)Matt Wiman (155.5) vs Jordan Leavitt (155.5)Jimmy Flick (125.5) vs Cody Durden (125.5)Ilia Topuria (145) vs Damon Jackson (145)Gian Villante (243) vs Jake Collier (264.5) *Saint Preux missed weight UFC Vegas 16: Hermansson vs. Vettori full weigh-in video (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

Manager sure Nick Diaz will return to the UFC in 2021

A few months ago, footage of Nick Diaz training for a UFC comeback surfaced on social media. His manager, Kevin Mubenga, insisted that Diaz was aiming to make a comeback. Several months into Diaz's training, in recent comments to Fanatics View, Mubenga once again reiterated that Diaz will be back in the Octagon in 2021. "The guy has been training. He’s been training for at least four months now," said Mubenga. "He took a little break (in November) and now we’re going to pick it back up in December and go into the new year hopefully with a new deal done. Make sure the money is right and the opponent is right and we’ll be able to move forward with all of this." The last time Diaz set foot in the Octagon was opposite Anderson Silva in the UFC 183 main event in January of 2015. Silva initially won the bout, but the results was later changed to a no contest after Silva tested positive for steroids and Diaz tested positive for marijuana. He has since been watching from the outside looking in, while many fans of his and brother Nate have been clamoring for his return. Nate hasn't been much more active than his older brother, having fought just four times over the five-year span since Nick faced Silva. Nate did, however, fight two times in the latter half of 2019. UFC president Dana White has been skeptical of Nick's return, but considering that he has such a strong fan base, he would surely welcome it. The UFC and the Diaz brothers coming to terms has always been a struggle, however, and that is certainly something that could hinder a Nick Diaz return in 2021. Mubenga believes there is little chance of that, though, believing there is a 99.99 percent chance that Diaz fights next year. "We just got to get everything else right with the organization and everything. We’ll be able to move forward." TRENDING > Khabib has no interest in fighting Conor McGregor again, reveals new fight promotion Trending Video: YouTuber Jake Paul believes fight with Conor McGregor will happen (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)