Score this round of pre-fight warfare for Yoel Romero.
Michael Bisping is generally one of the best in the sport when it comes to trash talk, but Romero on Wednesday fired a pretty good shot of his own in the direction of the middleweight champion. Romero, who is likely the next opponent for Bisping, created a mock GoFundMe page for any future medical expenses the Englishman might incur after their as-yet-to-be-announced bout. On the page is a picture of a battered Bisping following his first title defense, a decision triumph over Dan Henderson at UFC 204 this past October.
“This is Mike, he will be needing money to survive after me and him meet in the octagon approximately May of 2017. He is happy in this picture after defending his title against another fighter and the devastation he went through has caused him to have surgery on his knee where all the visible damage was on his face,” Romero wrote. “This surgery has prevented him from competing in a timely manner. After his fight with me, I am convinced he will need this money to rebuild his life, he has a family and I am deeply concerned for him. Please help any way that you can as all funds will be used for medical expenses and his retirement party. Thank you for your time and #ynuevo.”
Bisping recently underwent a minor surgery on his knee to clean up a slightly torn meniscus and said that he expected to be able to fight again by May. “The Count” has already acknowledged that Romero is likely to be his next title defense.
“I always say I’ve never ducked anyone in my life and I never will…I’m not saying no to Yoel, because believe it or not after beating Weidman like that, yeah, I do fancy it,” Bisping said on his Sirius XM radio show late last year.
Romero has won eight consecutive fights in the Octagon to establish himself as the middleweight division’s No. 1 contender. Most recently, he knocked out ex-champ Chris Weidman with a flying knee at UFC 205. Bisping, meanwhile, claimed middleweight gold when a surprising knockout of Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 before defending the belt against Henderson at UFC 204.