Last night, in the main event of UFC 213, Cuba’s Yoel Romero collided with Australia’s Robert Whittaker for the UFC’s interim middleweight title. As this interim title battle raged, the undisputed champion – and Romero’s biggest critic – Michael Bisping watched on from cage-side.
In advance of this fight, Bisping made no secret of the fact that he wanted Whittaker to win.
“I’ve got nothing against Robert Whittaker,” Bisping said on a recent episode of his podcast Believe You Me. “Fine young man, great fighter, fights hard, got a lot of respect for him. Can’t say the same about Yoel. Yoel is certainly not on my Christmas card list. We all know my thoughts on him. He’s a scumbag, he’s a cheat, and that’s that. So if they do fight I, hope Whittaker beats the brains out of him.”
Needless to say, the undisputed champ is not a Romero fan. Mid-fight, his dislike for Romero manifested itself once again, as he drew a small cuban flag from his jacket, ripped it up, and threw the shreds at the Romero.
See a clip of this moment below:
— Mike Dyce (@mikedyce) July 9, 2017
In the end, Bisping got his wish, as Romero gave up an early lead to lose rounds 3, 4, and 5 and ultimately lose a unanimous decision to Whittaker. With this result, Bisping is now expected to face Whittaker in a title-unifying showdown sometime later this year.
In defeat, Romero loses for just the second time as a pro, and has an 8-fight losing streak snapped. The cuban star has recently defeated names like Chris Weidman, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Lyoto Machida, Tim Kennedy, Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson.
Do you think Michael Bisping and Yoel Romero will ever fight?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/9/2017.