Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White recently shut down Michael Bisping’s wishes for big-money fights, declaring that Yoel Romero would indeed get next dibs against the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion.
If you ask Romero, though, Bisping’s quest to take on the likes of Tyron Woodley and others, is proof that "The Count" is trying his best to avoid him.
"The world knows that, he knows that, his wife and kids know that he is trying to avoid fighting me," Romero said on The MMA Hour.
Bisping was briefly linked to a possible showdown against former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, which was a longshot since "Rush" still can’t come to terms with the promotion.
Nevertheless, Romero isn’t worried that anyone — Georges included — will come in and take his title fight away because he is the most deserving.
"I have great respect for Georges St-Pierre, been friends for a long time. But right now, who is the best fighter at 185 pounds? It’s me, Yoel Romero," he said. "If someone has the belt, he needs to defend it or someone needs to take it away from him. Who has the belt? Michael Bisping. Who’s going to take it from him? Yoel Romero. There is no one else so I am not worried. I sleep like a lion full of confidence and God is my strength."
In true Bisping fashion, he doesn’t let Romero forget that he failed a drug test not too long ago, bashing "Soldier of God" on social media any chance he gets. The remarks don’t bother Yoel one bit, as he says it’s simply Bisping being Bisping.
"No not at all, that’s just Mike. You need to be ashamed of yourself when you know you’ve done something bad. So believe me, I sleep in peace," said Romero.
"That’s his only argument, the only card he can pull, the only ace up his sleeve so he will keep talking."
Of course, Team Romero insist the hard-hitting combatant was a victim of a tainted supplement. In the end, though, "Soldier of God" came to terms with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and was only levied a nine-month suspension.