It takes quite a bit to bring Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy together, but science found a way.
With news that UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero was informed of a "potential Anti-Doping Policy violation" stemming from an out-of-competition USADA drug test, the rest of the division didn't waste much time.
Tim Kennedy, a former opponent of Romero's and outspoken critic of the sport's on-going issues with performance-enhancing drug use, went straight for the jugular.
@YoelRomeroMMA hey buddy. Did Jesus tell you to use steroids?— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) January 13, 2016
@YoelRomeroMMA bummer you weren't tested for our fight. Is that why you needed the stool?— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) January 13, 2016
@YoelRomeroMMA grabbing the cage, kicks to the groin, long breaks between rounds, PEDs, not sure if there are any ways left for you to cheat— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) January 13, 2016
@YoelRomeroMMA hey bro I'm in the market for some anabolic steroids you got any extra?— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) January 13, 2016
Bisping wasn't far behind.
@bisping crazy to think about all the dudes we have beat while we were clean. Hat is off to you.— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) January 13, 2016
@TimKennedyMMA for once Tim, I agree with you lol. Shame on hat sham of a man, and anyone else who cheats. Zero honor!— michael (@bisping) January 13, 2016
Finally, middleweight champion Luke Rockhold jumped in.
I'm sick of all these cheaters. It's pathetic, man up or get the fuck out.— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) January 13, 2016
7-0 in the Octagon since 2013, Romero most recently scored a split-decision win over Rondaldo 'Jacare' Souza at UFC 194 on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Prediction: RDA by slaughter!— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) January 12, 2016
Back to work.
Ladies pic.twitter.com/VdfpMxg1Z7— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) January 12, 2016
My record needs to be fixed. No middleweight in the world can beat me without PED. I'm disgusted... pic.twitter.com/nE2W2TjdoM— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) January 13, 2016
@DerekBrunson he was 100% cheating when he fought you. I was there.— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) January 13, 2016
Going to be a much more difficult yr to use PED's w/ way more tests. Most young fighters are no longer tempted to use, big change for better— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) January 13, 2016
I got tested this morning at my house. 2nd time in a month! https://t.co/HZlukEqEGI— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) January 13, 2016
If you get caught juicing once it should be life ban. This isn't baseball, your trying to hurt people. He gorilla smashed Jacare in 1st.— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) January 13, 2016
Congratulations you played yourself. #noforcheating— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) January 13, 2016
Get well soon.
Nose surgery absolutely sucks.... constant sharp pressure from plastic stents that are stitched in. No bueno— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) January 12, 2016
This is going to be fun https://t.co/JGHC4DaWx8— Brandon Gibson (@SixGunGibson) January 13, 2016
Some people have a different meaning of loyalty #CutTheFat— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) January 13, 2016
Coming to a Toys R Us near you soon! Lol pic.twitter.com/jjr0fSNN9Q— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) January 12, 2016
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