With former Bellator champion Davis coming off a decision loss to champion Vadim Nemkov, he was in desperate need of a victory to maintain his place in the light heavyweight rankings. Similarly, Romero was looking to get back into the win column after coming up short to UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in their lackluster fight at UFC 248.
But after 15 minutes of grueling action, it was Davis’ wrestling that proved to be the deciding factor en route to a split decision.
Here’s how the rest of his fellow fighters reacted to his victory inside the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
Phil Davis edges Yoel Romero
Davis just put on a great fight against a legend #Bellator266— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) September 19, 2021
This is the Phil Davis we all thought he could be !— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) September 19, 2021
Yoel looks like the Rampage came to Bellator— T. Edwards (@tango_mma) September 19, 2021
Yoel waste a lot of movements— Mike "Biggie" Rhodes (@TeamRocBiggie) September 19, 2021
Phil dominated— Mike "Biggie" Rhodes (@TeamRocBiggie) September 19, 2021