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KOTC’s Anthony “The Genius” Romero: Remember His Name

At 21 years of age, the sky is the limit for Canada’s Anthony Romero. Sitting at 3-0, “The Genius” is the cream of the crop when discussing highest potential ceilings north of the border. It’s been a successful journey for Romero thus far, but it hasn’t always been an easy one. Two amateur fights into his career, Romero sat at 1-1, with only a split decision victory to his name. Seven fights later, Romero’s record added as many wins, with no losses in that time. At 8-1, Romero was one of the top amateur lightweights on the continent. Two years into his competitive career, Romero to turned professional. In November of 2017, Romero won his professional debut in dominant fashion, taking Peter San Antonio to the judges’ decision. His second bout came against undefeated 4-0 prospect Sean Felton. Nicknamed “The Genius,” Romero was able to implement another intelligent game plan, defeating Felton via unanimous decision. In his last outing, Romero picked up his first professional finish submitting Elijah Harris by rear-naked choke in the third round. Saturday night, Romero will have a chance to keep his streak alive and advance to 4-0. At King of the Cage in Salamanca, New York, the Para Bellum MMA product will square off against gritty seven-fight veteran Alex Wiggs Jr. Currently having a 4-3 record, Wiggs might not look like the most challenging opponent for Romero. However, when you delve deeper into the Minnesotan’s record, you can see it’s deceiving. All three opponents to defeat Wiggs are notable names — LFA staples Bobby Lee and Brandon Jenkins, and former Titan FC title challenger Anthony Gutierrez. In his four victories, Wiggs has ended three via first-round knockout. A win over Wiggs would project Romero into a high profile regional fight in his next outing. By the start of next spring, it’s quite possible he could be sitting at 5-0 — a record that would potentially catch the eye of the UFC’s hit series Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Whether it happens in 2019, 2020, or 2021, the odds are in Romero’s favor. Barring a monumental collapse, Romero will be a name to remember. If all goes according to his plans, he’ll be gracing your televisions in the coming years. With that, only time will tell.  

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Instagram: @genius_mma Twitter: @Genius_mma Facebook: Anthony “The Genius” Romero


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Nolan King is a MMA Today senior columnist, writer and renowned MMA insider. Nolan's other freelance work can also be found on FloCombat, Tapology, and MMA Brasil.