UFC will ‘probably’ do Romero vs. Whittaker for Interim belt if Bisping indisposed

Friday, May 19, 2017

When former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre first announced he wanted to return, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping was game for a title defense. However, for a normal contender fight he wanted time to rehab his knee. That pattern repeated, and when GSP said he would not be ready to fight until after October, Bisping said that was perfect, as his knee would be ready by then.

UFC president Dana White said GSP was off and the next title fight would be vs. Yoel Romero. If Bisping is indisposed, the title fight will go on.

“We’re trying to put together that Bisping-Romero fight,” said White to Brett Okamoto for ESPN. “If [Bisping] can’t fight this summer, we’ll probably create an interim title between Romero and Robert Whittaker.”

Further, White says when Bisping is ready, it will be for a unification fight vs. the winner of Romero vs. Whittaker. GSP will move in another direction.

“[St-Pierre] says he will fight whoever the 170-pound champion is when he comes back,” said White.

A Romero vs. Whittaker fight would be a battle for the ages. Whittaker, 26, is on a seven-fight win streak. Romero, 40, has won eight in a row. And his desire for a title shot has reached a fever pitch.