Yoel Romero is a God-fearing religious guy. His English is also godawful. So it is with great amusement that, when a microphone was stuck in his face after his defeat of Lyoto Machida at last night’s UFC Fight Night event in Florida, that he went on a rant that… well… we’re not sure what he was trying to say.
In the context of the recent US Supreme Court ruling that marriage equality extends to gays, it sounded like Romero was yelling that America check itself before it wrecks itself – “No for gay Jesus!”
Or, maybe Romero was saying “no forget Jesus!”
The post-fight press conference offered little by way of clarification. As per MMAFighting:
“I would like to apologize if there was a misunderstanding,” Romero said through an interpreter. “First of all, I am a man of God. And God is love. My expressions are always going to be about love. What I was trying to say in the Octagon was, live for the American Dream.”
Later, Romero said he has no intention of casting judgement on anyone.
“I will tell you guys something,” the middleweight contender said. “God made man to be free. Anybody can do whatever they want. I wouldn’t be the type of person to critique anybody. I have to look at myself first, and be a better person, to love people.”
“What I was trying to say was, to the United States, thank you, for giving me the American Dream,” Romero, a native of Cuba who emigrated to Florida, continued. “There is no better country, because it is blessed by God.”
After all that, I still have no clue what Romero was trying to say.