Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) would’ve put himself in line to fight Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) had he beat Robert Whittaker in an interim 185-pound title fight at UFC 213 earlier this month. He lost a unanimous decision, but that didn’t lessen his tension with “The Count.”
In fact, it might have actually heightened it; while the fight with Whittaker was playing out, Bisping was seated cageside and actually tore up a Cuban flag (via Twitter):
Now it’s gone one step further.
Romero, No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, today released a new video directed at No. 1-ranked Bisping, but this one came with far more productions, theatrics and a stern message directed at the Brit (via Instagram):
Despite their ill, it remains to be seen if a fight between Romero and Bisping ever takes place. Bisping is expected to meet Whittaker in a title-unification bout next, and the reigning champ has said he plans to retire once he loses the belt.
Should Bisping defend his title, a showdown with Romero could be possible, but it’s likely the American Top Team product would need to win another fight to position himself for the grudge match.
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