Get to Know: Kaleio Romero

Nickname: KO

Record: (am 4-0)

Age: 20

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 155 pounds

Social Media: (link here)

13235610_792814694187482_1546502442421439521_oWhile growing up, some imagine a life as an astronaut, while others may romanticize about walking a mile in a baseball player’s cleats. In either instance, the realization may soon hit that your math skills aren’t out of this world, or your throwing motion resembles a wet noodle gagging on the lawn; a decision must be made: turn at the fork or plow ahead at full steam. Early on, Kaleio Romero set his sights on the pinnacle of MMA, and, when the calendar flipped to reveal 2016, he began the pursuit of world-class prosperity as a prizefighter.

Dating back to the age of six, Romero has invested more than two-thirds of his life to combat sports, either Kuk Sool Won, a style of Karate, or wrestling, but MMA always shined brighter and garnered more interest than anything else. He recalled when MMA entered his psyche like it was yesterday,

“Ever since I was a little kid, I’d watch UFC with my Dad. Right around middle school, getting into high school, it was kind of my thing: I wanted to be a UFC fighter.”

After a pair of dominant performances to kickstart his stint as an amateur, already hoisting his first belt above his head, Romero 13466125_1366604570021815_5772648996331082383_ncounts a forest of lightweight, or featherweight, trees he’ll be forced to chop down en route to the top. Romero’s mindset while participating in Kuk Sool Won, reaching a stripe away from his black belt, or wrestling, tormenting the upper echelon at 154 pounds as a Viking at Oakmont High School or a Panther at Sacramento City College, has translated seamlessly to the only sport that has ever matched his intensity level. He shared,

“Right now, when I’m training or when I’m fighting, I just have that bigger picture in my head, so I think: having that picture in your head as you’re training will get you to the next level. I have that—where you want to be, and I’m always visualizing that. I see that’s a big part of my mental toughness and proving myself.”

13533141_1106031792802966_8480064904701158245_nRomero’s teammates at MMAGOLD, who have absorbed his endless supply of energy and paralyzing grappling to capacity during practice, would contend: Romero proves himself on a daily basis. Justin Castrillo (5-0), an undefeated fighter as well as one of the team’s wrestling coaches, previously coached Romero throughout his years as a high school wrestler. Nowadays, the two have picked up where they left off: targeting rough patches as a mixed martial artist and ironing them out. In an interview with Press Tribune (link here) leading into Romero’s first MMA bout, Castrillo exclaimed his delight in his former, and current, student’s choice to join the fold of the El Dorado Hills based fight team,

“It’s really exciting having him back, because he’s such an exciting athlete,” Castrillo said. “I’m glad he decided to be a part of our team at MMAGOLD, and it’s been great helping him get started in this sport.”

Castrillo isn’t the only MMAGOLD member to praise Romero’s efforts. Gritty warriors with ice in their veins, such as Invicta Fighting Championships’s Aspen Ladd (3-0), are warmed by Romero’s competitive fire:

With reflexes that blur the line between potential and kinetic energy, Romero reciprocated how much he values 13307329_10209838511270222_3223191081303593353_ntraining alongside such a wide variety of abilities and personalities,

“Right when I first came here, I didn’t feel awkward to ask questions. I was immediately surrounded by good people. I think it’s a good environment for me. MMAGOLD is going to make me a better person because I’m learning from all these other people, not only fighting, but as a person.”

Since Romero grasps the importance of conducting his brand with class, both in the cage and out, this talented prospect possesses the mental and physical tools necessary to manufacture a meteoric rise in MMA. All the ingredients, to this point, have cooked up a masterpiece; therefore, Romero intends on moving ahead following the same recipe,

“I think I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, unless the coaches tell me something I need to do differently. Right now, I just need to focus on what I’m doing.”