When the UFC announced that Georges St-Pierre would be facing current Middleweight champion Michael Bisping for his belt later this year, perhaps the man most affected by the decision was current No. 1 contender, Yoel Romero.
“Soldier of God” was left out in the cold and forced to sit on the sidelines a bit longer to see how the upcoming title fight plays out. Although company president Dana White confirmed he would “take care” of Romero for waiting.
You may wonder how is the hulking grappler feeling a week after the big bombshell? Well, pretty good, claiming he is still motivated to win the world title no matter who the opponent is.
“My plan to win a world title is my motivation,” Romero told FloCombat via translator. “Time is what we make of it. It should be me now,” Romero said.
“Of course I’m going to wait because I should be champion right now. Bisping was just at the right place at the right time. I understand why people fear me and they are right for doing so. My body of work can’t be overlooked.”
And while “Soldier of God” would love nothing more than to settle his ongoing feud against “The Count,” he will gladly face St-Pierre and then Bisping if that’s what’s meant to be.
“My fight with Bisping will happen eventually,” Romero said. “Even if Bisping loses to GSP I will defeat GSP and offer a fight to Bisping because we have unfinished business. I would love a fight with GSP because I know our styles would present a good test for us both.
“I feel I can neutralize his strengths and then he would have to play in my world. And that will make anyone uncomfortable,” Romero concluded.
Of course, should the scenario play out that way, it’s highly-unlikely the promotion would give “The Count” an immediate title shot coming off a loss, especially when the rest of the 185-pound contenders are chomping at the bit to get their own championship fight.