The not too long ago retired Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC) has been a rival of Romero’s (13-2 MMA, Eight-1 UFC) for fairly a while. So when “The Solider of God” missed weight for the second straight time and made himself ineligible to win Whittaker’s (19-Four MMA, 10-2 UFC) at UFC 225, the Brit unsurprisingly had an opinion.
It simply so occurred Bisping had a significant platform to share that opinion. The former UFC champ served as an analyst on the UFC 225 weigh-in present on FS2, and he gave his instant response to the state of affairs.
“Who does this guy think he is?” Bisping mentioned. “He thinks the whole UFC revolves around him. … Making weight sucks. But you can’t miss weight twice on two title fights and still think you’re running the show. C’mon.”
Bisping initially ripped into Romero, who he claimed got here into struggle week at 207 kilos, however not lengthy after considerably softened his stance. Romero weighed zero.2 kilos over the 185-pound championship restrict, and claims representatives for the State of Illinois Athletic Board stopped him from slicing weight, and it wasn’t his alternative to take action.
“The Count” questioned whether or not the fee would have given him extra rope when it comes to attempting to shed these remaining ounces, and thinks it most likely ought to have.
“I’m not the first person to jump to Yoel Romero’s defense, but I will say this: It’s a tricky one,” Bisping mentioned. “OK, he pushed himself too far to where he was within an inch of his life, that’s why the commission stepped in. But really? 0.2 pounds? That’s not a lot. Forgive me for being crude, but you can go to the bathroom and get rid of that pretty quick.”
What Bisping does agree with, although, is that an issue with weight-cutting exists in MMA. Romero is the 14th UFC fighter to overlook his contracted restrict thus far in 2018, and to this point the fighters who miss have been extraordinarily profitable within the octagon.
From Bisping’s perspective, this might be stopped with harsher penalties. And in relation to Romero, who’s the primary in UFC historical past to overlook weight for a number of title bouts, that may imply letting him go from the group.
“If you miss weight twice, boom, you’re cut from the organization,” Bisping mentioned. “Or you take a point. That’s a great suggestion.”