UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping is currently sitting on the sidelines while rehabbing from a knee surgery.
Yoel Romero’s manager, Malki Kawa, recently appeared on The Luke Thomas Show and he made claims that Bisping is ducking his client.
“I’m not scared of Yoel Romero, contrary to what his idiotic manager said yesterday. What I understand is his idiotic manager needs Yoel to be in a big fight because right now, who is Malki Kawa managing? Who is earning pay from? He makes his money off fighters, his cash cow is Jon Jones who’s out of the equation right now. He’s not earning money off of him so he needs Yoel Romero to be in a big fight because Yoel’s not a big earner, to my knowledge. Malki needs some cash. That’s why he’s out here, talking a little bit of smack about me trying to generate some interest because he needs his 20 percent of Yoel Romero, simple as that,” Bisping said on The Luke Thomas Show.
Bisping hasn’t competed since he earned a decision win over Dan Henderson at UFC 204.
The middleweight champion also says that he hasn’t even been offered the fight against Romero yet.
“I haven’t been offered a fight. If they offer me Yoel Romero, I will take it. If they offer me GSP, I will take it. I’m not here for the good of the UFC. I’m here for the Bisping family, simple as that. I couldn’t care less about Yoel Romero. I couldn’t care less about his rights or his this or his that or whatever. His scumbag manager can cover it up but the guy tested positive for steroids. There’s no smoke without fire... I’ve got my questions about USADA confirming it was a tainted supplement. There’s no smoke without fire. But that’s old news. That’s old history. Again, I’m not here for the benefit of Yoel Romero. I’ve already said if the UFC offers me a fight with Yoel Romero, and I can take the fight and it’s in the timeline, I will take the fight. But I’m not here sitting at night worrying about what’s best for Yoel Romero,” says Bisping.
The British born star won the UFC Middleweight Title at UFC 199, when he knocked out Luke Rockhold in the opening round of the fight.