If Yoel Romero (12-1) were to fight UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, the Cuban mixed martial artist would shake hands, despite the verbal conflict they’ve been having.
Romero, who trains at American Top Team in Miami-Dade County, spoke to The Roman Show. Romero will fight Robert Whittaker (18-4) for the interim middleweight belt at UFC 213 on Saturday, July 8.
Romero and Bisping have been having a verbal battle in person and social media. Bisping is currently injured.
“There’s always that respect,” he said. “It’s a code that exists within all athletes.”
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Romero said he is not the type of fighter to engage in talking smack. He said he answered because he felt there was a need.
“He is a guy who disrespected God and me professionally,” he said. “I think that needed a response. I don’t criticize anyone. I applaud UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, but that is he. I respect him...It has worked out for him. Conor has a big mouth. He is like [boxing legend] Muhammad Ali, but there is only one Muhammad Ali. There are people who imitate him. I don’t criticize those people, if you think it will get you a result. But I have spoken about Bisping because of his disrespect.”
Hear more from Romero, who talked about throwing the first pitch at the Miami Marlins game, taking the UFC belt to Cuba to celebrate with his family and native country and more.
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- The Roman Show
Rodolfo Roman is a freelance writer/TV producer-reporter
- Fighting On The Web