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Yoel Romero Outlines Why he Wants to Fight Anderson Silva For an Interim MW Belt

Kelsey Mowatt

Yoel Romero

It looks like Yoel Romero doesn’t intend to wait around for the winner of the planned Michael Bisping – Georges St-Pierre bout, as the middleweight contender’s campaigning for a scrap with Anderson Silva.

Romero was supposed to be the man who was going to challenge the champ Bisping next, but after St-Pierre came to terms on a new UFC deal, that all changed. It hasn’t been clear what the UFC plans to do with Romero in the interim, if anything, but the powerful wrestler clearly wants to stay busy.

Case in point, on the latest “MMA Hour”, Romero relayed that he wants to fight Silva for an interim, middleweight title. Why’s that you ask? Well, the ridiculously powerful fighter had this to say about facing the legendary Silva (quote via MMA Fighting):

“I don’t think it would be a bad idea, and I think would be something good for the fans and myself to ask for an interim title fight with Anderson Silva,” Romero said. “I think it would take away and clear any cobwebs that may still be around and allow me to start a legacy.”

“If you look the top-5 rankings, everyone is busy and the only ones that are not booked are Anderson and I,” Romero added. “He already beat everyone, and if you look at the list he’s the only big star that’s in title contention and that I haven’t fought.”

Now, if you look at the 185 rankings, the only guy who doesn’t have a bout booked right now is Luke Rockhold, who’s been healing up from a knee injury. Chris Weidman is fighting Gegard Mousasi on April 8th, and “Jacare” Souza is expected to fight Robert Whittaker one week later.

So, you never know. If Silva’s interested in the bout, maybe this could happen? Although, since Bisping – GSP is expected to take place in July, one would think an interim belt wouldn’t be in play right? Although…ya.


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