Although Michael Bisping is no longer the UFC’s middleweight champ, Yoel Romero clearly hasn’t put aside his issues with the outspoken, British star.
As 2017 began, it looked as though Romero and Bisping were on a collision course. Romero was coming off a highlight reel, stoppage win over Chris Weidman at UFC 205, and had locked up the number one contender spot. As a result, Romero’s war of words with Bisping reached new heights, and the expectation was the two would finally battle.
But, then Georges St-Pierre finalized a new deal with the UFC, the promotion announced plans to have him fight Bisping, and Romero lost via decision to Robert Whittaker this past July. So, has Romero moved on? No. No he hasn’t.
Recently Romero spoke with BJ Penn.com’s Chris Taylor, and while doing so, the powerful wrestler said this:
“Georges will not stay at middleweight because he doesn’t want to fight the top guys either. Just like Bisping did not want to fight the top guys. We all know this. I want to rematch Robert Whittaker for the UFC championship after GSP vacates the title. Once I become the champion I will then callout Michael Bisping for a title fight in London this March. The only way Bisping will ever fight me is if I am the champion. So I have to beat Robert Whittaker. Bisping is scared. He has always been scared. But he would fight me for the title. I know this. I want to beat him up in England as the champion.”
There’s certainly a chance that St-Pierre might elect to vacate the 185 belt, but, if that happens, it’s not clear that the UFC would have Romero face Whittaker again. But, it Romero did rematch Whittaker, and won the belt, would Bisping take that fight? Hard to say. He might.
The chances of Whittaker – Romero II happening, and then having the winner face Bisping in March, also seem slim (if the UFC went that route). But, you never know.
It will be interesting to see what comes next for Romero, particularly if GSP does elect to fight Whittaker. Maybe a title shot eliminator between Luke Rockhold and Romero? Or a rematch with “Jacare” Souza? After all, the latter only lost their first bout via split decision.