UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping doesn’t think Yoel Romero is deserving of a title shot, but ‘Soldier of God’ has something to say about that.
In an interview last month, ‘The Count’ called Romero out for his failed drug test and said he shouldn’t be in the title race at all.
“I’ll tell you who I don’t think deserves it — Yoel Romero. I don’t think he deserves it, Bisping said. “There’s no smoke without fire. He got a reduced sentence, but the fact is, he still got a sentence. Even if you take performance enhancing drugs, the benefits of those stay in your system for a long, long time. So I don’t think Yoel Romero deserves it.”
Romero’s UFC 194 drug test came back for an illegal substance, but the Cuban’s suspension was reduced to six months after it was determined by the USADA that he used a tainted supplement.
Romero will take on Chris Weidman at tomorrow’s UFC 205 pay-per-view and a win will likely result in a title shot, despite Bisping’s objections.
When speaking to Chris Taylor of BJPenn.com, Romero called Bisping a coward for refusing to fight him.
“I’m not sure if he is a coward or not, but he knows that in his heart,” said Romero. “Who cares what I think? Who cares what he might want? The only thing that matters is what God wants, what the fans think and what the UFC asks for.”
“He is just trying to make some money,” Romero said. “It is what it is. There’s nothing else. What he is doing is looking for easy fights, easy money and fast money. Tell him to go get a job with Donald Trump.”
Bisping successfully defended the middleweight belt against Dan Henderson at UFC 204 but is still considered an underdog against most of the division’s top competitors.
Weidman vs. Romero, which features on UFC 205’s main card, takes place tomorrow night, Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York.