UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has expressed interest in defending his title next against Yoel Romero.
The #1 ranked middleweight contender is coming off of a spectacular third-round flying knee knockout over former champion Chris Weidman at UFC 205 last weekend. In his post-fight interview, he called out Bisping, who was up in the analyst booth, and the two went back-and-forth across the arena. Bisping had previously said that he wouldn’t be willing to fight Romero due to his run-in with USADA and his controversial in-fight tactics but it seems now that he has changed his mind.
On his SiriusXM show, The Countdown with Michael Bisping, he revealed that UFC president Dana White suggested that the bout take place at UFC 208 in January. Bisping said, however, that he had already fought three times this year and wanted to take time off to nurse some injuries and enjoy the holidays before getting back in the octagon.
“Now, I’m not saying no to Yoel because, believe it or not, after beating Weidman like that, yeah, I do fancy it,” Bisping said. “I was hoping Weidman would win. I always wanted to fight Weidman, more out of respect really even though we went back and forth and talked sh-t. I really ever had too much against him. It was more of a comedy thing from where I was concerned, but I did want to fight him.
“That said, Yoel beat him and even though he tested positive before, he beat ‘Jacare’, he beat Weidman, he beat a bunch of no marks before that as well so, yeah I guess that would be the fight.”
Bisping, who is currently on a five-fight winning streak, won the belt at UFC 199 in June against Luke Rockhold and defended it once against Dan Henderson at UFC 204 in October. He also scored a decision win over Anderson Silva in February.
In his talk with White, he suggested a fight in the spring would be more suitable for him.
“It’s looking like that will be the next fight unless something else transpires in some other situation,” Bisping said. “but it’s looking like me and Yoel sometime in the spring.”