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Morning Report: Michael Bisping questions Yoel Romero’s bizarre actions after UFC 221 knockout of Luke Rockhold

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Michael Bisping may not like Luke Rockhold, but even he was unhappy with what befell Rockhold on Saturday evening in the main event of UFC 221. Not the brutal knockout loss Rockhold suffered, but the aftermath wherein Yoel Romero cornered Rockhold for an extended period of time after he knocked him out, ostensibly trying to befriend his freshly fallen victim.

On the most recent edition of his Believe You Me podcast, (h/t MMA Mania) Bisping reacted to the unusual circumstances, saying that he believed Romero was out of bounds with his post-fight actions.

“I don’t take pleasure from seeing somebody knocked out like that, I really don’t,” Bisping said. “He got knocked out and he just looked so devastated, absolutely crushed. Then to make matters worse, Romero - the guy that just knocked him out - gets in his face, pins him up against the fence, has his arms over his shoulders like that so Rockhold literally can’t go anywhere and he’s professing his undying love for him, ‘I love you, Luke. I love you.’

“There’s nothing wrong with kissing a man on the cheek. But I just think after you’ve knocked them out cold, after you’ve taken away their dreams of being world champion, after you’ve literally inflicted a lot of violence - the marks are visible, there’s blood on his face, he’s maybe lost some brain cells and he doesn’t know what the f**k is going on - pinning the guy up against the Octagon and trying to make out with him is a little bit much.”

Post-fight interactions between fighters happen fairly frequently but Romero’s cornering of a freshly conscious Rockhold was much more than the usual antics Rockhold did not seem to be particularly inclined to participate in the extended conversation Romero instigated. The entire thing was something that should have been nipped in the bud by officials in the cage, says Bisping, because it could lead to an even more unfortunate happening.

”I’ve got to say, in that circumstance, and I’m not trying to knock any of the officials - but really happy Valentine’s Day, it’s really quite the couple they make there - I’ve got to say, they shouldn’t allow that to happen in future because you got to remember, think about it. I know when I’ve been knocked out you haven’t got a clue what’s going on. You haven’t got a jar of f**king clues where your head is at and you have to piece it back together.

”And then all of a sudden you have the guy who has just knocked you out with his arms around you, up against the Octagon sexually assaulting you, Hashtag Me Too. There’s nothing to stop Rockhold elbowing him in the face, punching him, because he might still feel the fight is going on. Who knows? I just don’t think they should allow, certainly not Romero, I mean come on, it was a little bit much.”

Perhaps with Bisping retiring, he and Rockhold can bury the hatchet.


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