At UFC 205, Yoel Romero demonstrated in a highlight reel and very violent fashion why he should challenge Michael Bisping next, and the latter is reporting that a fight with the contender is in the works.
Romero faced former middleweight champ Chris Weidman last weekend, and finished the star with a flying knee in round three. There’s been little doubt since that Romero would be tapped to face the middleweight champ next, and now Bisping has confirmed that’s the case.
“So a couple of days ago Dana calls me up… and he’s like ‘Mike, January 20. Anaheim. You vs. Yoel Romero.’ I said well to be honest Dana I’ve been getting injections on my knee. Now I’m not saying no to Yoel because believe it or not, after beating Weidman like that, yeah I do fancy it.”
“That fight, that date is nine weeks away. I’d have to start training next week and I’d have to be in training camp all the way through Christmas. My family is coming out for Christmas. I’m planning on having some downtime. I think I’ve earned that. I’ve got a couple injuries I need to heal up. They said, ‘okay, so what time are we looking at?’ and I said, ‘sometime this spring. Some time this spring, 100%. Book the fight.’ He goes, ‘Okay cool. Let me have a look at the calendar, see what dates are available, see what locations, I’ll get in touch and we’ll figure something out.”
Fair enough. Now, even if you’re not a Bisping fan, no one can argue that he didn’t have a busy and rugged year…Bisping decisioned Anderson Silva in February, but was bloodied up during the memorable fight. In June, he quickly KO’d Luke Rockhold to become the champ, before he earned a unanimous decision over Dan Henderson in October. During that bout, however, Bisping took some heavy, heavy shots from “Hendo”. So, taking some extra time to heal up make sense, especially when you have to face a guy like Romero…