Michael Bisping reacted to the recent news that his former rival Yoel Romero had been awarded $27.5 million in damages following a successful lawsuit.
The former two-time UFC middleweight title challenger failed a post-fight drug-test administered by the anti-doping organisation USADA back in 2016 following his UFC 194 victory over Ronaldo Souza.
Gold Star Performance Products were forced to pay The Soldier Of God $27.45 million after he filed a lawsuit against them in the test’s aftermath after it was determined that their supplement had caused the failed result.
Speaking during a recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping expressed his disbelief at the payout from Romero’s successful lawsuit, although he was generally congratulatory of the Cuban after he managed to earn himself a massive payout.
“I’m like, there’s no way f*cking the Soldier of Steroids has got $27.5 million. Anyway, it’s true. Yoel Romero sued whatever the company is 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. It really is.”
“I’ve never been to Cuba but I reckon $27 million goes a f*cking long way in Cuba. I don’t care where you convert it – yen, dollars, pesos, pounds – whichever way you f*cking slice it, that man is a rich man and he never has to work a day again in his life. Well done. I salute that. I’m happy for the man.”
The big question that many fans are asking now is whether or not the two-time middleweight title challenger will ever fight again.
And it’s a valid question.
At 42, Romero is not getting any younger – despite his freakish athleticism, and now, with a massive retirement fund on its way, who could honestly blame him for stepping away?
Bisping, on the other hand, does believe that the former Olympian will continue to compete as long as his body allows him to.
“My god, $27 million. It’s incredible. The guy could never fight again. I guess the interesting question is, will he still fight? I honestly believe he will, because you know what $27 million can do for you? It can do anything. You can buy whatever you want.
“You can buy houses. You can buy cars. You can buy businesses, you can start businesses. You can start your own brand of ‘I luv you’ shoes or whatever you want. Do you know what you can’t buy? The UFC middleweight championship of the f*cking world.
“I’m joking but in all honesty, I think he will still carry on fighting because that’s his identity, that’s who he is. He’s a true competitor.”
As things stand, Yoel is scheduled to face Paulo Costa at UFC 241 and as of right now, there has been no indication given that would suggest that the fight will not go ahead.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena