At the beginning of the month, the UFC announced it’s intention to pair middleweight champion Michael Bisping with returning former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre on an, as of yet, undetermined date later this year.
However, on Monday’s edition of his podcast, ‘Believe You Me’, Bisping suddenly threatened to derail the fight.
Hearing that ‘GSP’ wants to push the bout, originally somewhat tenuously touted for July, to “September or October”, Bisping said that he would rather face the true top-contender at 185lbs than wait around for the Canadian superstar.
“If he’s not ready then I guess Yoel Romero gets his title shot!” declared ‘The Count’ defiantly.
Romero, who scored back-to-back-to-back wins over Lyoto Machida, Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza and Chris Weidman to earn his shot at the gold, isn’t going to get too excited in the wake of Bisping’s claims, however.
On Tuesday, the 39-year-old Cuban revealed on Twitter that he feels Bisping’s statement was a mere bluff, before suggesting that the motor-mouthed Manchester man doesn’t have the heart nor the juevos(spanish for eggs but also a slang term for…you get the idea) to face him.
— Peoples Champ (@YoelRomeroMMA) March 28, 2017
While it’s hard to legitimately question Bisping’s heart or, as WWE star Mick Foley used to say, testicular fortitude considering the level of opposition he has faced over the years and the winding nature of the dirt road that he travelled to the title, few would disagree with Romero’s suggestion that Bisping is merely posturing in this instance. The 38-year-old veteran couldn’t possibly justify giving up a lucrative fight with a smaller, potentially rusty fighter to take on a much bigger, more dangerous and well-oiled machine like Romero for way less money under any almost any circumstances.