Michael Bisping can’t say for sure who he’ll be facing next, but he has a pretty good idea of who it won’t be if he gets his way.
With Chris Weidman and Yoel Romero squaring off at UFC 205 to provide Bisping with a potential opponent down the line, “The Count” says he has no interest in fighting Romero because of his history of being accused of using PEDs.
“If Yoel beats Chris, I honestly don’t think I’ll fight Yoel, because he tested positive for steroids,” Bisping explained on Friday on SuriusXM Rush (h/t MMA Fighting). “I read an article recently that said that it takes years for the advantages of taking steroids to get out of your system. Just because you don’t test positive anymore doesn’t mean you’ll lose all the extra muscle and things like that that you were able to achieve. So I think he needs longer, I really do. I don’t see why he should be rewarded. If Weidman wins, that’s the fight I want. Me and Weidman, for a little while now, I’d say probably the last year, have gone back and forth, back and forth, talking s–t, and yeah, it’s a fight that interests me, 100 percent.”
Romero tested positive for PEDs earlier this year, but was given a reduced suspension by USADA after proving supplements he was ingesting were tainted.
Bisping has fought numerous fighters who have ties to banned substances in MMA, including Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen.