Yoel Romero has chosen to put his beef with the former middleweight champion Michael Bisping to rest following the Brit’s decision to retire.
UFC 225 is now just around the corner and with the middleweight title up for grabs, things could look quite different at 185lbs when all is said and done next weekend.
Yoel Romero came up short last time out when he lost out on the judge’s scorecards to reigning champion Robert Whittaker but now, will feel as though he is in a prime position in to avenge his defeat with a strong showing.
It did seem as though Romero had done enough to get a shot at the former champion Michael Bisping, with something of a rivalry brewing between the two but in an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Yoel explained how he is now willing to let bygones be bygones.
“At first when I hear he retired [I was disappointed] a little bit. I was like, ‘Why? Why? Why?’ but after I think like a human and not like a professional fighter, I say yes [it was good]. Because Michael have many fight. We know he have the problem, he need to think about his family. I say it’s good decision. Because when you fight the fans [cheer you], but when you have a family, your family is nervous. It’s different. Now you need to think about your family.
“Man, you take the belt. You have a beautiful performance in your career. I say to people, I [challenged] him because he stay in the top ten in the best organisation for MMA for many years. He stayed in the top ten, and this division, the middleweight division is very hard. And he take the belt, lucky or not lucky, he take the belt. He beat him, and he beat many great fighters. It’s done. It’s time. I think it’s time Michael retire because you need to think about your family.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena