As the reigning UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping has an obligation to face the current number one contender, Yoel Romero, in the coming months.
Having won the middleweight belt with a shock victory over Luke Rockhold at UFC 199, Bisping went onto defend his title in an enthralling encounter with Dan Henderson at UFC 204.
The 37-year-old was then due to take on Yoel Romero early this year as, after winning his no.1 contender’s bout with Chris Weidman at UFC 205, the Cuban immediately called out the Englishman. Finishing Weidman in the third round with a vicious flying knee, Romero turned to the champion’s box and shouted: “Hello, Mike. I love you.”
Never to let a call out go without response however, Bisping quickly fired back at the 39-year-old by referencing his six month suspension from the UFC after testing positive for a banned substance called Ibutamoren, a growth hormone secretagogue.
Taking to Twitter last night, Bisping once again referenced Romero’s suspension claiming that USADA would soon catch out the Cuban once again.
@YoelRomeroMMA keep juicing boy. Usada are coming for you!
— michael (@bisping) January 27, 2017
Bisping is reportedly due to undergo minor knee surgery this month but should be fit to return to the octagon to face Romero at some stage this summer.
Michael Bisping recently found out he will need knee surgery for slightly torn meniscus in next few weeks, hopes to fight around May
— John Pollock (@iamjohnpollock) January 19, 2017