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Yoel Romero calls for Anderson Silva interim title fight in wake of Bisping vs St-Pierre

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Yoel Romero was passed over for a title fight against current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, after Georges St-Pierre opted to return to combat sports and cloud the 185-pound division a bit more.

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As a result, “Soldier of God” was forced to ride the pine and watch the title shot that was promised to him go to an ex-welterweight champion who hasn’t competed in nearly three years. Likening the dilemma to a good chess game, Romero says his next move would be to take a fight against Anderson Silva for an interim title if he has to wait for an extended period of time to see how Bisping vs St-Pierre plays out.

“I’m talking to my managers, and we have to see what the climate gives me. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for my mission and for myself to fight Anderson Silva for the interim title,” said Romero during a recent interview on The MMA Hour. “It will help me shake off my cobwebs and the interim title will be nice to start that legacy. It will be great for the fans, for me, good for everyone in general.”

Not sure about the interim title part, but a bout between Silva — who returned to the win column against Derek Brunson at UFC 208 — and Romero I am not opposed to. For the record, the only fight Yoel will take is against “The Spider,” as he feels he’s cleaned out all of the top contenders in the division.

Bisping, however, has already stated that he would do a quick turnaround to give Romero his rightful title shot should he defeat “Rush.” But since the title fight has to to receive a date, there’s no telling how long Yoel has to sit still for.

At the end of the day, though, Romero says he is bothered by the fact that he was snubbed, more-so since no one at UFC has bothered to contact him or his management team to inform him what’s next for him, even after Dana White proclaimed he would take care of “Soldier of God.”

“This is the truth, I want to be honest. I am bothered by the decision that was made. But, I feel focused and I truly expect that Dana will do the right thing as he’s always done in the past. We haven’t reached an accord and no one has had a conversation with me about the situation. I am waiting for them to talk to my management team.”

“He needs to speak to my managers. For what I have worked for, a shot at the title, for what I keep on working for,” he added. “God gave me work and I am doing that work, If you work for one penny, that’s what you deserve. I did my job in New York, I did it before that and I need to get paid for what I did in New York. And that payment is my title shot.”

When asked if he felt he should be compensated for getting passed over and being forced to sit idle, Romero said he is not seeking that, only the championship bout he deserves and believes he has earned.

Anyone feeling an interim championship bout between Romero and Silva? I hear interim straps are all the rage these days.