The swings and roundabouts continue in the UFC middleweight division…
After it was announced that Georges St-Pierre would get a middleweight title shot, sighs were heard all round. Although Michael Bisping, the current champion, was satisfied, the fans were growing tired of this trend.
Popular and more marketable fighters were being put ahead of legitimate contenders, and in unashamedly obvious fashion. Sparking huge debates over the legitimacy of the rankings, GSP vs. Bisping made a mockery of sport according to some fans.
Waiting in line, top contender Yoel Romero could do little but wait some more.
‘The Count’ didn’t care that Romero was coming off a huge knockout win over Chris Weidman. The brash Brit made no bones about pointing out Romero’s failed drug test, and also said that St-Pierre was a bigger ‘money fight.’
Eventually the GSP fight would fall apart, or at least it looked that way. UFC president Dana White said the promotion would not wait for the former champ, when GSP gave a timeline of October for his return.
Things have now moved forward another step:
Romero vs. Whittaker For Interim Title
First breaking the news of this fight was ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. While fans have been accusing Bisping of ducking the top competition, these two have been destroying 185-pounders.
Now that St-Pierre is confirmed to be returning at 170 pounds, the actual reason for the interim title is because Bisping is injured.
Speaking with MMAFighting.com, Bisping discussed the current mess at middleweight:
Bisping Doesn’t Mind
“I know they’re trying to move on from the GSP fight. From my understanding, it looks like the GSP fight isn’t happening. I’ve yet to have a discussion with them about this. From my understanding, Georges still wants to fight me and I still want to fight Georges. So this is what I want to know: I want to know what the problem is.
“If the UFC have moved on, they got tired of waiting, whatever. But to my understanding, the fight was never gonna really happen in July anyway. I heard that from some sources right at the start. They said, ‘we’re hoping for July 8th but it’s probably not gonna be that.’
“Now they’re saying they want to do a fight in July and my knee isn’t gonna be ready in July. [St-Pierre] wasn’t gonna be ready until October, November. So to me, that plays perfectly but I know the UFC wants me to fight and they’re saying if I can’t fight that they’re gonna do an interim title fight.”
“I’m assuming that they’re probably gonna do an interim title fight but I’ve got to speak to Dana. . . Probably Whittaker vs. Yoel, if I were the matchmakers, that’s what I’d do. Whittaker, we all know this, he’s on an absolute tear. I’ve got nothing against Robert Whittaker. Fine young man, great fighter, fights hard, got a lot of respect for him. Can’t say the same about Yoel. Yoel is certainly not on my Christmas card list. We all know my thoughts on him. He’s a scumbag, he’s a cheat, and that’s that. So if they do fight I, hope Whittaker beats the brains out of him.”