Kaleio Romero: Wrestling With Excitement As A Mixed Martial Artist

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13315541_1086462864759859_9061660454204101609_nAfter wrestling since middle school, Kaleio Romero (am 2-0) didn’t grapple, not even for one round, with the idea of trading in his singlet for a pair of four-ounce gloves. He’d tell you, if you can keep him stationary for long enough, that the thought of becoming an MMA fighter always stuck somewhere between his headgear:

“Ever since I was a kid, I’d watch UFC with my dad. I’ve always wanted to be an MMA fighter. I just love to compete, and I love the intensity level and everything that comes with MMA.”

Early on, the mat of combat sports was always welcoming. Romero competed in Kuk Sool Won, a form of Karate, starting at six years of age. Then, around the years of middle school, he decided to sculpt a skillset of raw power on a canvas rolled out for wrestling. Nearly earning his black belt as a kid…

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