Yoel Romero’s manager, Malki Kawa, says he’s been in contact with the UFC about Romero fighting UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping in July.
On Wednesday, UFC President Dana White announced former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will no longer receive a title shot against Bisping. White made this announcement after St-Pierre said he would not be ready to fight until November.
The main event showdown between Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero at UFC 248 left some fans wanting more. On the flip side, other fans had enough including the former middleweight champion Michael Bisping. “The Last Stylebender” defended his title for the first time against Romero at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas last weekend. Bisping and Romero were linked together several times through the years, but never fought. Bisping never was shy with his accusations and insinuations that Romero was using performance-enhancing. Go behind the scenes of UFC 213 and get up close with champion Robert Whittaker after his interim middleweight title victory over Yoel Romero and more. Watch the full version now only on UFC FIGHT. 2018 MMA fight – Luke Rockhold vs Yoel Romero – fight Video UFC 221 Posted on 2018//07/07 by ATBF Editorial Board Review by AllTheBestFights.com: 2018-02-11, Yoel Romero vs Luke Rockhold gets three stars only thanks to a good finish.
With St-Pierre no longer fighting for the title, White said Romero would receive the next title shot.
On Thursday, Kawa said the UFC is looking at booking the fight in July. Kawa revealed his talks with the UFC while appearing on Luke Thomas’ radio show.
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Even though the UFC may want the fight to happen in July, Bisping recently said he was happy St-Pierre postponed his UFC return because he would not be ready to fight in the summer. Bisping says his knee isn’t healing as well as he expected after getting surgery.
Malki Kawa says there's no bout agreement yet, but he's been in contact with UFC officials about a Bisping-Romero fight for July.
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) May 11, 2017
There’s probably no love lost between UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping and Yoel Romero.
But that didn’t stop Bisping from being pretty much stupefied to find out Romero was awarded a $27.4 million settlement earlier this week in a lawsuit against the company that made a supplement he took that led to a failed drug test in 2016.
That failed test led to a suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and ultimately Gold Star Performance Products was held liable for a tainted supplement to the tune of $27.45 million.
The breakdown of the damages was roughly $3 million for lost wages, $3 million for reputable harm and $3 million for emotional damage. The damages triple when a company is “found out to have committed consumer fraud,” according to the New Jersey “Consumer Fraud Act.”
Bisping and Romero were linked together several times through the years, but never fought. Bisping never was shy with his accusations and insinuations that Romero was using performance-enhancing drugs.
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So on this week’s edition of his “Believe You Me” podcast, Bisping took one more shot at Romero – mostly, it seemed, in fun – while discussing his settlement. (Discussion starts at the 29:55 mark in the video below.)
“‘This has got to be a prank,’ at first, is what I’m thinking,” Bisping said on the show. “Yoel Romero has been awarded $27.4 million. … There’s no way the ‘Soldier of Steroids’ has got $27.4 million (from a lawsuit). It’s true.”
Romero (13-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) was informed by USADA that he tested positive for the banned substance Ibutamoren in February 2016. Facing a potential two-year suspension, Romero immediately claimed innocence and pointed to a tainted supplement.
USADA confirmed the supplement provided contained Ibutamoren, which was not listed as an ingredient, and Romero was suspended six months.
In January 2018, reports surfaced Romero had filed legal action against Gold Star Performance Products.
Bisping, despite his terse history with Romero, was more in a congratulatory mood, though, than in one to take many shots at “The Soldier of God.” And he thinks the money won’t be a factor in whether or not Romero will continue to fight.
“Red panty night for Yoel Romero,” Bisping said. “There must be a God. That’s all I’m gonna say on this. … 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. It really is. Rex slot machine. … That man is a rich man. I’m happy for the man.
“I guess the interesting question is, will he still fight again? I honestly believe he will. You know what $27 million can do for you? You can do whatever you want. You know what you can’t buy with all that money? The UFC middleweight championship. … That’s his identity. That’s who he truly is.”
Romero currently is scheduled to fight Paulo Costa in a key middleweight bout at UFC 241 on Aug. 17 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
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