Yoel Romero wants Michael Bisping fight, even if it’s not for the belt: He needs to pay

Yoel Romero

Earlier this month, in the main event of UFC 213, Cuba’s Yoel Romero stepped into the cage with Robert Whittaker in an interim middleweight title fight. Despite a strong start, Romero lost this fight by unanimous decision, thereby losing his chance a a title-unifying showdown with undisputed champ Michael Bisping.

While Romero understands he’s lost this chance for the moment, however, he still wants to fight Bisping as soon as possible – whether it’s for the belt or not. This desire stems in large part from Bisping’s controversial ripping up of a Cuban flag during Romero’s fight with Whittaker.

Romero explained his desire for a fight with Bisping on the most recent episode of The MMA Hour.

“He doesn’t respect my flag, he doesn’t respect me, and that’s not good,” he said (h/t Danny Segura of MMAFighting.com). “He needs to fight me. Belt or no belt, he needs to fight me. I told Dana White to give me this guy, I want this guy. I know I lost my chance to fight for the belt, but if Whittaker can’t fight due to injury, then I’d say, ‘Dana, give me the guy whether it’s belt or no belt. I need to fight him because he needs to respect me.”

While Whittaker is the most deserving man of a fight with Bisping, we recently learned that he’s dealing with some leg injuries, and that he could be sidelined until 2018. To Romero, this looks like the perfect chance for a score-settling fight with Bisping.

“Yeah, because I want to return to training because I hear that Whittaker is injured and I want to know what’s going to happen,” Romero explained. “I want to fight Bisping whether it’s for a belt or no belt because he doesn’t respect my country, my flag. Someone needs to close his mouth because he talks a lot and I never got payback. He needs to pay because this is not good. A fight is a fight, but you can’t talk shit about the country, about family because that’s a serious, serious thing.”

“F*ck him, you know? F*ck him, that’s it.”

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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/24/2017.

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