Twelve contracts have been handed out thus far on UFC President Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS) in 2020. On August 25th, Week 4 of DWCS, Canadian prospect Anthony Romero (7-0) is set to compete on the biggest stage of his young career.
The 23-year-old undefeated fighter out of Ontario will see Mike Breeden (8-2) across the cage from him, the lone obstacle between an elusive UFC contract, on Tuesday night.
Breeden has been a mainstay in top developmental league Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA), while Romero has remained with King Of The Cage (KOTC) throughout much of his burgeoning career.
Romero was actually tapped for the Contender Series last summer, but due to contractual obligations with KOTC, he could not go chase his UFC dream just then.
“At 5-0 I was offered Contender Series, due to my contract with KOTC I couldn’t go compete,” Romero told this author, via Cageside Press. “It was my own fault. My management at the time and I didn’t read for an ‘out’ clause, so I finished my contract with [KOTC].”
This summer, nothing stands in Romero’s way.
Romero, a 5’11 lightweight who has a background in Tae Kwon Do, has suffered just one loss in 17 amateur and professional bout, and that lone loss came in his mere second amateur fight.
Romero has finished three of his seven professional victories.
“We are two guys dominating our local promotions,” said Romero of himself and Breeden. “I’m training for everything. We are fighting for our dream, I have to stop whatever he’s going to do, I expect fireworks from both of us.”
Coming off of a title-winning, first-round knockout victory over Jacob Miller (5-2) at Ohio Combat League (OCL), Romero will look to put together back to back finishes and finish three of his last four, as well as ink a new deal with the UFC.
“Nothing is done yet. To me, this is just another fight – of course, with a cherry on top at the end.”