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Yoel Romero says GSP is ‘calling the shots’ over ‘so-called champ’ Michael Bisping

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Unfortunately for UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero, he will have to wait to get his well-deserved title shot opposite current champion Michael Bisping. Like many other current middleweight title threats, Romero will take a backseat to a returning Georges St-Pierre, who will meet Bisping later this year for the 185-pound crown. As you can imagine, Romero is not happy playing second fiddle, especially when it comes to UFC gold. But the dominant Cuban contender is willing to wait as long as it takes to get his shot.

"I have learned to be patient," said Romero in a recent interview with FloCombat. "I will only fight for a title whomever that may be. Whether interim or not, my next fight will only be for the title.

"I find it humorous the so-called champ can't fight who and when he wants to. He speaks of a code that we are to follow. There is a code that champions fight and defend their title against the best competition. He doesn't do that and doesn't follow the code code. He is no champion in the eyes of the people or colleagues."

Bisping, who claimed the crown with a surprising knockout of former champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 199, defended his title opposite Dan Henderson at UFC 204 in a rematch he lobbied for. Now, the 38-year-old Brit will get his chance to cash in opposite GSP later this year, but more importantly “The Count” can avoid Romero just a little bit longer.

“Maybe if I buy him a a twelve pack of beer and tell him I won't take him down, or maybe if I tell him I will only take him down it will happen," joked Romero. "Who knows? Dana and my management have said I am next and I believe that I am. It doesn't matter what Bisping says as we can see he isn't the one calling the shots. It's GSP."

If GSP is able to defeat Bisping later this year and then decides to vacate the title to move back down to 170 pounds, Romero may have the opportunity to fight for the vacant crown opposite Rockhold, Robert Whittaker, Gegard Mousasi or even Anderson Silva. Until then, “Soldier of God” will have to sit back, get the beers ready and watch what happens with one of the more puzzling title fights in recent memory.

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