Chances are, Yoel Romero isn’t going to fight Michael Bisping anytime soon, but the middleweight contender continues to call for a bout with his rival. In fact, the powerful wrestler wants to get his hands on Bisping so badly, he’s up for a non-title fight with the middleweight champ.
Romero and Bisping have been firing verbal shots and warnings at each other for sometime now, as before UFC 213, the Cuban fighter was the division’s #1 contender. Although Romero lost to Robert Whittaker at the July 8th event, and didn’t secure the interim 185 belt, Bisping kicked their rivalry to new heights by ripping up the Cuban flag.
Recently Romero was a guest on “The MMA Hour”, and the contender had this to say about Mr. Bisping (quote via MMA Fighting):
“He doesn’t respect my flag, he doesn’t respect me, and that’s not good,” Romero said “He needs to fight me. Belt or no belt, he needs to fight me. I told Dana White to give me this guy, I want this guy. I know I lost my chance to fight for the belt, but if Whittaker can’t fight due to injury, then I’d say, ‘Dana, give me the guy whether it’s belt or no belt. I need to fight him because he needs to respect me.”
“Yeah, because I want to return to training because I hear that Whittaker is injured and I want to know what’s going to happen,” Romero added, while discussing the fact Whittaker likely won’t fight until next year. “I want to fight Bisping whether it’s for a belt or no belt because he doesn’t respect my country, my flag. Someone needs to close his mouth because he talks a lot and I never got payback. He needs to pay because this is not good…”
Now, it seems clear that Romero’s continued campaigning for a bout with Bisping is about his issues with the champ, rather than his championship aspirations. But, the UFC doesn’t typically book its champions for non-title fights, especially with a contender from their division. If Bisping does fight before the year is out, odds are it will be against Georges St-Pierre. The UFC had planned to have the two fight earlier this year, so, considering the current circumstances, this could be the way the promotion goes.