EXCLUSIVE – Canadian Will Romero Talks Bellator
Will “Leon” Romero has signed with Bellator Fighting Championship to compete in their 2010 Featherweight tournament according to a recent Bellator tweet. Romero has a 5-0 record that includes wins over top 145 lbers Guillaume Lamarche in an impressive 17 seconds and Mitch Gagnon. Romero is also the current Iroquois MMA Championship Featherweight champion. Top MMA News talked to the number three ranked Canadian Featherweight upon hearing this news to get his confirmation and immediate reaction.
“It feels awesome!,” says the Brampton, Ontario – based fighter. “Alin (his trainer) and I have have been waiting for this announcement for a long time. I am ecstatic that I will be fighting in Bellator.” Romero has been waiting quite a while for this step up as Bellator was looking to sign him for their 2009 tournament but he already had an exclusive contract with the now-defunct XMMA.
The former Canadian Forces soldier has always been interested in the martial arts. He started in Taekwondo when he was nine and then migrated to Shaolin Kung Fu before joining the military for three years as a infantry paratrooper. Upon completion of his military contract, Will started working on his ground game after being put in a Triangle by a friend. Not knowing how he could be choked out with legs, Romero looked it up on the Internet and then started focusing his training on this previously unknown martial art. Romero started personal training and joined up with Alin Halmagean at Iron Tiger Muay Thai.
Romero uses the nickname Leon out of respect to his mother. Latin for Lion, Leon is also the maiden name of his mother who raised Will and his two brothers as a single parent. A lion in the cage is just what Romero is. Want proof? Just watch his 17 second dismantling of #10-ranked Guillaume Lamarche in this last fight at Ringside in this video.
“Its been a crazy ride!” exclaims William, “Everything has happened for a reason. I cannot wait to fight in the tournament.”
Already announced to the tourney is the 12-1-1 Russian Georgi ‘Insane’ Karakhanyan. The current Featherweight champion Joe Soto will face the winner of the 2010 tournament. The Bellator tournaments begin in April.