Recently the UFC announced Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker are going to fight for an interim title July 8th, and it hasn’t taken Michael Bisping long to toss a verbal dart at the match-up.
The UFC has booked the fight since Bisping is recovering from a knee injury, and can’t fight in July, as the promotion had hoped. Initially, the UFC was planning to have Bisping fight Georges St-Pierre that month (and the latter has said he won’t be ready to return until November anyways).
Well, on the latest “UFC Tonight“, here’s what the middleweight champ Bisping, had to say about Romero – Whittaker bout (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“I was supposed to fight Georges St-Pierre for the title. Unfortunately, I do have a knee injury. I spoke to Dana White and he told me there will be an interim title between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero, but they’re not fighting for my title. Romero and Whittaker are fighting and one of them gets a participation award. Listen, I just had knee surgery and it hasn’t been too long. I defended my belt less than six months ago and it’s going to be a few more months until I can fight again. I think it’s premature, but the UFC has to do what they have to do and it’ll solidify the next number-one contender who I’ll fight. It’s an incredible fight. And good for me, one of them has to lose.”
Bisping, meanwhile, has said that he hopes the UFC sticks with its original plan to have him fight GSP next.