Earlier this week, top UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero struck it rich, winning a case against a supplement company and pocketing a whopping $27 million. Michael Bisping, one of the Cuban’s chief rivals, is happy to hear it.
Bisping reacted to Romero’s massive payday on a recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast.
“I’m like, ‘there’s no way f*cking the Soldier of Steroids has got $27.5 million,” Bisping said (transcript via MMA News). “Anyway, it’s true. Yoel Romero sued whatever the company’s called and got $27.4 million. And ya know, red panty night for Yoel Romero. There must be a god. That’s all I’ve got to say on this. He got $27 million, which is incredible. And I’ll say this, me and Yoel we had a little thing over the years. Congratulations. If you’re listening to this, well done. That’s awesome.”
Michael Bisping and Yoel Romero developed a heated rivalry at the height of Bisping’s reign as UFC middleweight champion, when Romero was the division’s top contender. While Bisping managed to sneak a steroid-related jab into the comment above, it’s clear the animosity between the two has died down.
Accusations of steroid use, of course, are precisely the kind of thing Romero was trying to kill when he first pursued this lawsuit. The Cuban claims he never intentionally took a banned substance, and only failed his infamous 2016 drug test as a result of the tainted supplement in question.
Yoel Romero is scheduled to fight Paulo Costa at UFC 241 this August. Before that, he’ll meet Chris Barnett in a charity grappling match in Florida.
Michael Bisping, meanwhile, retired from mixed martial arts competition in 2018, but has since stayed busy with his popular podcast and his commentary work for the UFC.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 5/30/2019.