Yoel Romero is concerned for Michael Bisping’s well-being. He has set up a GoFundMe page for the middleweight champion’s “Medical Expenses” and “Retirement Fund”.
This noble act of generosity was announced recently on Twitter.
— Yoel Romero (@YoelRomeroMMA) February 8, 2017
It is expected that Romero and Bisping will fight for the middleweight title in May. Romero, as the GoFundMe page describes, is evidently concerned about the impact this fight will have on Bisping’s health and finances.
Michael Bisping vs. Yoel Romero
Michael Bisping recently underwent knee surgery, which is expected to keep him out of action until May.
Romero earned the right to face the champion after knocking out former champion Chris Weidman with a vicious knee at UFC 205. Since that time however, Bisping has stated he is looking for a “money fight” and has appeared more interested in a big money fight than in taking on Romero.
“I don’t mind facing No. 1 contenders but at this stage of my career I’ve fought the best guys forever. I want the biggest fight it can possibly be. By biggest, I mean the biggest money generating fight I can possibly have. I feel I deserve that. I’ve earned that.” Bisping stated to media.
“So whether that’s Yoel Romero, then great. But if it ain’t Yoel Romero, if it’s Anderson Silva, great. I know he’s piped up again lately. If it’s GSP – I don’t care who the opponent is. I’m not bothered by any opponent. I am the champion of the world and I will take on all comers, but I want the biggest fight possible.”
Dana White has stated that Bisping’s next title fight will be against Romero however.
“If you look at what Romero did to Chris Weidman, he absolutely deserves the shot.” White stated on the UFC Unfiltered podcast.
“Yoel Romero’s been floating out there a long time waiting for a title shot. Bisping wanted to do that grudge match with Dan Henderson. It was going to be Dan Henderson’s last fight. I’ve always shown Henderson the respect I felt he deserved. He’s a guy who’s fought everybody out there. So we did that fight and he’s got to defend his title now against the No. 1 contender,”
Yoel Romero No Stranger to Controversy
The 39-year old Romero is no stranger to controversy. Last year Romero was flagged by USADA for a doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition test. He was initially suspended for 2-years and removed from the UFC rankings.
According to Romero’s management team, the failed test stemmed from a tainted supplement, which did not list the banned ingredient on the bottle. USADA would later reduce his suspension to 6 months after testing the supplement in question.
Romero was also the focal point of “stool gate” as a result of his fight with Tim Kennedy at UFC 178. Romero’s corner conveniently forgot to remove the stool from the cage in between rounds, allowing Romero additional time to recover. He would knock Kennedy out the next round.
Romero also gained some notoriety for his post-fight comments from UFC Fight Night 70. After defeating Lyoto Machida, Romero’s broken english confused many.
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