While November was set to be a month of potential #1 contender fights for the UFC’s middleweight division, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold withdrew form his scheduled ‘UFC Fight Night: Melbourne’ fight with Jacare Souza this weekend, leading the UFC to make UFC 205’s Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero fight the middleweight #1 contender fight.
Romero won the fight in impressive fashion, knocking Weidman out in the third round where the scorecards were tied 1-1. Brilliant fight IQ by Romero set up a perfect flying knee in the third round, knocking Weidman out and opening up a massive massive cut on the side of the former champion’s head.
While there has been no official word on when Bisping vs. Romero will take place, the champ is currently healing up from his UFC 204 scrap with Dan Henderson back in October, which saw him defend his middleweight strap for the first time as he picked up a unanimous decision win over ‘Hendo’ in front of the English fans.
Now, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has given his breakdown of the fight to Submission Radio, saying:
“I THINK IT’S A RARE OPPORTUNITY FOR BISPING TO HOLD OFF ROMERO. I THINK YOEL PRETTY MUCH GOES IN THERE, IT MIGHT TAKE A LITTLE WHILE, BUT HE’LL GET TO BISPING,”
“BISPING IS A TOUGH INDIVIDUAL. HE’S GOING TO GO IN THERE; HE’S THE MORE TECHNICAL STRIKER,” HE SAID. “YOEL’S PRETTY RAW, BUT I THINK WITH THE TAKEDOWN OPPORTUNITIES THAT HE CAN START THROWING BISPING AROUND AND START CHANGING THE PACE OF THE FIGHT.”
Romero of course is undefeated in the UFC, and boasts an extremely impressive wrestling background, which includes an Olympic silver medal in freestyle wrestling, among other notable achievements.
With that being said however, Bisping of course has been on a tear of the UFC’s middleweight division as of late, going on a 5-fight win streak over the course of the past two years which has included a 3-0 run in 2016, which included a win over MMA legend Anderson Silva, his 1st round KO win over Luke Rockhold to win the middleweight championship, and his first successful title defense against Dan Henderson.