Earlier this month, in the main event of UFC 213, Cuba’s Yoel Romero gave up a decision to Robert Whittaker, and failed to claim the UFC interim middleweight title as a result. With this outcome, Romero also failed to lock down his long-awaited fight with undisputed middleweight champ, Michael Bisping.
Despite this fact, Romero has been busy calling Bisping out on social media, doing what he can to keep their beef alive.
On the latest episode of his podcast, Believe You Me, Bisping weighed in on Romero’s repeated, post-UFC-213 callouts. Unsurprisingly, he’s not impressed.
“It’s awesome,” he said (h/t MMAFighting.com). I love it. I love it. He’s going around getting people dancing on British flags, he’s burning pictures of me, he’s stepping off the plane, he’s doing videos when he gets off the plane, he’s got loads of Cubans all standing there saluting and talking s**t and chanting, he’s in cars talking s**t – he’s gone off the deep end.”
“Yoel is out of his god damn mind. I’ve got to say, I love it because unlike some of those videos, it’s awesome. . . Yoel, get over it bud. You just lost the No. 1 contender fight. It’s as simple as that. And you know what, it’s just so typical of Yoel Romero. He can’t man up. He can’t accept it. He’s gotta cheat. He’s got no honor. He’s gotta take steroids.”
Bisping then referenced his own failed number-one-contender fights as an example of how Romero should handle his current situation.
“Listen, I was in No. 1 contender match ups – and let’s not kid ourselves, an interim title fight is a No. 1 contender matchup. That’s all it is because there was no need for a f**king interim title fight, but whatever. The UFC wanted to do one so I said sure, do it, it’ll pump up the fight and make it even bigger when it does happen. But he lost! He lost fair and square. As I said, he laid on the floor, he gave up like a little b**ch that he is because he didn’t have the heart and he let the fight slip away and he lost that fight. But still he can’t accept it. Now he’s still trying to bypass the victory and call me out still.
“I’ve lost No. 1 contender match ups. If I’d have won them, I’d have fought for the title. But what did I do? Did I go to Instagram and call out the champion still and this and that? No, I didn’t. You know what you do? You accept it like a man. Whatever it is in life, it doesn’t go your way, you weren’t successful, you couldn’t pull it off, you didn’t achieve it – you say f**k it, back to the drawing board. I’ll get them next time. You don’t go to Instagram and campaign for a fight with the champion anyway. You just lost. Hang your head in shame. Disappear to Cuba. Spend some time with your f**king family and come back and build yourself back up. That’s what you should be doing not dancing around on the Union Jack. Get a f**king grip.”
Michael Bisping is expected to defend his title against Robert Whittaker sometime later this year.
Do you think Michael Bisping and Yoel Romero will ever fight?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/18/2017.