It looks like Yoel Romero could get that interim title fight that he wants after all.
Earlier this year, the middleweight contender campaigned for a shot at an interim 185 belt, after it was announced Georges St-Pierre would fight the reigning champ Michael Bisping later this year. But, after GSP said he won’t be ready to fight until November, UFC President Dana White announced Romero would face Bisping next.
Well, since then, Bisping has reported that he’s still dealing with a knee injury, and that he won’t be ready to fight in the near future. In addition, the British star has also said that he hopes a fight with GSP still takes place.
More recently, however, Dana White spoke with ESPN. While doing so, the UFC President reported this:
“We’re trying to put together that Bisping-Romero fight,” White said. “If [Bisping] can’t fight this summer, we’ll probably create an interim title between Romero and Robert Whittaker.”
Now, when you consider that Whittaker has won seven straight, and that Romero’s riding an eight fight winning streak, a bout between the two makes a ton of sense. Although, Romero fans would likely argue that he should be challenging Bisping next, period.
So, would this mean that Bisping – GSP would still take place? Only later this year?
Well, while discussing GSP, White said that the former welterweight champ is up to fight whoever is holding the 170 belt later this year. So, that’s pretty interesting to hear, as St-Pierre hasn’t really talked much about trying to reclaim the welterweight crown. It certainly doesn’t seem like the UFC is interested in Bisping – GSP any longer.