Even though they can’t do much about it for now, it’s become abundantly clear that there’s no love lost between UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and top contender Yoel Romero. Bisping is slated to fight Georges St-Pierre at some nebulous point in the future, yet it hasn’t stopped him from verbally sparring with Romero. In fact, over the past few months the two have gone at each other with impressive consistency.
Recently, Romero — frustrated that the UFC booked Bisping against the longtime welterweight champion (and middleweight debutant) St-Pierre rather than him — began calling for an interim title fight against Anderson Silva, citing Bisping’s lack of credible challengers.
Never one to let something like that go, Bisping responded to Romero (and some recent similar comments by former champion Luke Rockhold) with a post on Champions, calling Romero a hypocrite for critiquing his title reign when Romero wants to fight the 41-year old Silva.
“There’s been a lot of talk about interim titles lately, mainly from the two biggest crybabies in the division, Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero,” Bisping said. “Luke just started spinning his wheels, so we’ll leave him be until he figures out what the hell he’s angling for. Last week it was Werdum, this week it’s whomever he can put over for an interim shot — I think he’s just turning up the volume to get some attention. Romero, on the other hand, is squarely in my crosshairs.
“All his bullshit rantings about me taking the fight with Dan [Henderson], and he wants to turn around and ask for an interim title — with Anderson Silva, no less?? Could there be a bigger hypocrite? I think not.”
For context, Silva is the longtime 185-pound champion who is currently ranked No. 7 in the division. He is coming off a victory over the eighth-ranked Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in February. Bisping, who upset Rockhold at UFC 199 in June to win the belt, has had a single title defense thus far — that against now retired Dan Henderson (ranked No. 13).
But Bisping didn’t stop at calling Romero a hypocrite. He doubled down by calling Romero a “cheating scumbag” for his past in-cage antics and his previous trouble with USADA.
“We already know Yoel is the biggest cheating scumbag in all the sport,” he said. “He’ll do whatever he can; grab a fence, he’ll sit on the bench for way too long, he’ll cover himself in water to get a few more seconds of rest between rounds, and of course, he’ll take steroids till the damned cows come home.
“He got lucky because he had a very good legal team around him that helped him with this cooked up story of his. Somehow, they f**king convinced USADA it was a tainted supplement, otherwise known as the oldest trick in the book. Everybody has been going to that well, but one day, it’s going to run dry, and it will be interesting to see what the cheaters come up with next.”
Last year, Romero was suspended following a failed USADA drug test. His sentence was reduced to six months after USADA found that a supplement he was taking was tainted by Ibutamoren. It is the only time Romero has been flagged for any performance enhancers, a run that extends back many years to the highest levels of freestyle wrestling, including two Olympic cycles.
Bisping wrapped up his post by saying that calls for an interim title fight are “ridiculous” because he is, in factm defending his title, even if fans and other fighters don’t like who he happens to be defending against.
“I’m not surprised that he’s calling for an interim title fight, even though it’s absolutely ridiculous,” he said. “The only time an interim title is needed is if the champion is injured or isn’t defending the belt. Well, I am. I’m defending it against Georges St-Pierre, whether he likes it or not. He’s coming up to the 185-pound limit. There’s absolutely no need for an interim title. The idea of it is laughable, but when you’ve got a guy who has no respect for the sport, a guy who has no honor, this is the kind of thing you come to expect.
“He’s just trying to claw at anything he can. It doesn’t surprise me, because I’ve seen this behavior in the past. He has no honor and will cheat at any opportunity. Now, he’s calling out Anderson Silva. Anderson’s never been that great a wrestler, and we all know that’s Yoel’s bread and butter, so of course he picks the guy with no wrestling and a fading skillset. It’s typical behavior for a typical cheater.”
If only these two would actually fight to settle their beef once and for all.
Dueling adorable workouts.
Free fight from LFC.
Nick retweeted this highlight today so seems a good reason to watch a dope highlight.
MMA Mad. Towelgate recap plus a weekend preview by Nick.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
DC throwing shade at JBJ.
He won't. He doesn't have that ability. He never has. Even when he juiced his way to deadlifting 600lbs he couldn't KO Ovince https://t.co/wEXoAoDtEJ— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 13, 2017
Gadelha getting rounds in at Jackson-Wink.
Yeahhhh. Maybe we should stop giving DJ such a hard time for ruling over a weak division.
Stann and Anik settled their leg waxing bet.
And Anik does one too just for good measure.
Aldo with that head movement.
Danis getting suspended from Marcelo’s.
Marcelo Garcia has told Dillon Danis and Mansher Khera to apparently take time away from his gym. Wow. Watch: https://t.co/1gicG4hYmZ— Luke Thomas (@SBNLukeThomas) April 13, 2017
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2012: Alexander Gustafsson won a unanimous decision over Thiago Silva at UFC on fuel TV 2, the first time the UFC ever went to Sweden. This event also featured the last win of Brian Stann’s career, a knockout of Alessio Sakara.
Big MMA weekend ahead, a really good free UFC card and the best MMA promotion in the business, RIZIN, doing another card. I think this one is actually an iPPV but if you’ve never seen RIZIN, trust me, it’s worth the 10 bucks.
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