Last week former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre took to Twitter where he announced that he would be ready to fight Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight championship any time after October.
The news was not well received by most fellow fighters on the UFC’s middleweight roster, or fans and media for that matter, as the planned “super-fight” was initially slated to occur at this summer’s UFC 213 event on July 8 in Las Vegas.
The news was particularly disappointing for top division contender Yoel Romero, who has been patiently waiting on the sidelines for the St-Pierre vs. Bisping title fight to come to fruition.
BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor spoke with “The Soldier of God” on today’s episode of Rapid Fire, this to discuss Georges St-Pierre’s recent announcement and how it has affected his future plans.
“I am doing good my friend.” Romero told Taylor.
Taylor asked Romero what he thought of St-Pierre’s recent announcement.
“I don’t think that is a good thing. Because you know, they (Bisping and St-Pierre) already did a faceoff. They have already signed to fight. This isn’t boxing. Once you do the faceoff, you should not be able to postpone the fight, especially not for a number of months.”
“They said that the fight (Bisping vs. St-Pierre) would be ready by June or July, with a maximum timeframe of August. That is what Bisping came out saying, that the fight would be programmed to go down in July. But now everything is moving in St-Pierre’s timeframe, and all this is doing is prolonging my fight and holding the division back.”
Taylor asked Romero if he still plans on waiting for the winner of St-Pierre vs. Bisping, this after learning that the Bisping vs. GSP fight will likely not take place until November.
“As far as I am concerned, I have had to wait for every good thing that has come my way. Everything has always been a waiting game for me so I know how to wait.”
“I’m not a company. I am not the whole division. I am just the number one contender in the division. And this proposed fight has the whole division on hold. It has stopped the division from flowing and has stopped the correct fights from happening and taking place. I really hope that St-Pierre doesn’t prolong this much longer.”
“I take this almost as if I am navigating in the ocean. You know, I am like a fisherman. I can navigate on any type of oceanic setting.”
Although Yoel Romero is willing to wait if need be, he is also eager for a return to action. “The Soldier of God” told Taylor that an interim title fight or a properly negotiated fight could have him back in the octagon soon.
“I’ll tell you what Chris. I can wait. I know how to wait. But I want to fight, and I want to fight for the title. Or, if the negotiations come correct, you know then I am willing to fight also. But it has to be the correct negotiations or a title fight at this point.”
“Everything is according to the position I am in now. Everything is just a little more complicated due to the position I am in as the number one contender.”
Taylor asked Romero which fellow middleweight he believes should be involved in a proposed interim title fight, suggesting surging division contenders Gegard Mousasi and Robert Whittaker as possible opponents.
“I’ve said it before and I will say it again. I do not care who they put in front of me. I don’t care if it is Mousasi, Whittaker or (Anderson) Silva. I will fight anyone. But as long as they understand my position. I am the number one contender. I have earned this spot. I need to fight for a title next! Whoever comes next, let them come. I am ready to go. It is the UFC’s job to pick the man they will put before me.”
“You know sometimes I ask myself ‘Why do these things happen to me?’” Romero said. “Why do I always have to go through such things and tribulations? But you know, God always has a plan. In the middle of the storm you always see that sun, that ray of light come through. So right now I am just patiently waiting for that ray of light to come through.”
Yoel finished by stating the following.
“So I will fight for an interim title against any opponent that the UFC deems deserving. If that doesn’t happen, then I will just wait for the winner of Georges St-Pierre vs. Michael Bisping. Whichever option the UFC chooses, I will be ready!”