SATURDAY NEWS DIGEST 11/12: “The Champion is neither the president nor the owner of the UFC,” says Romero in response to Bisping (w/Cervantes Analysis)

By Jonathan Cervantes, MMATorch contributor

Yoel Romero (photo credit Gary A. Vasquez © USA Today)


Yoel Romero responded to Michael Bisping’s claims that he would not fight Romero if he defeats Chris Weidman tonight at UFC 205.

Bisping asserted last week that he would not fight Romero due to concerns that Romero may continue to benefit from the banned substances he was flagged for earlier this year. Apparently, Romero is not aware of the comments and not concerned about what Bisping thinks. “First of all, I haven’t heard what the champion said,” Romero said. “I don’t have time for that. I only have time to focus for one sole purpose. But the champion is neither the president nor the owner of the UFC.”

Although he is uncertain what the future holds, Romero is hopeful and grateful to be fighting on the grandest stage in the world. “Who am I to say what God has pre-planned, but God also knows what I want in my heart,” he said. “But it’s always amazing to be in the center of the world and making history.”

Romero is undefeated in the UFC and currently ranked fourth in the Middleweight Division.

Cervantes Analysis: Whoever wins between Weidman and Romero tonight should be the number one contender. An argument could be made for Jacare Souza as well, but regardless the division has to keep moving. Bisping claims he would like to defend his title at UFC 208 which will be held in January, so depending on how much damage the winner sustains tonight, it could be possible. It would be a quick turnaround, but seeing as how Bisping seems to be able to pick the fights he wants, I’d imagine the winner tonight would want to take advantage of the opportunity.


-Conor McGregor and Tyron Woodley got into a scuffle backstage and continued to exchange shots via Twitter. TMZ caught up with Aljamain Sterling and Anthony Pettis to get their reaction. Sterling laughed at the prospect of a Woodley vs. McGregor match. He picked Woodley to win. “He’s a big guy and a savage wrestler, man.” Pettis, “For Conor to be barking up that tree is the wrong tree to bark. Tyron’s a big dude, he’s strong.” He also said UFC is “letting Conor doing anything.” Check out the full clips HERE.

-Conor expressed confident today – no surprise – that he’ll be victorious. He invited fans to his after-party on Twitter to celebrate “the double champion.”

-C.M. Punk gave a Twitter shout-out to his teammates on Twitter, Woodley and Belal Muhammad.

-MMAJunkie reported that Dana White said he would never let Kevin Gastelum fight at 170 again after Gastelum failed to make weight

-Ronda Rousey made a surprise appearance to face off with Amanda Nunes and then angrily left the stage.

-Donald Cerrone told MMAJunkie that the only fight that makes sense to him would be against Damian Maia

NOW CHECK OUT YESTERDAY’S UPDATE: FRIDAY NEWS DIGEST 11/11: Conor McGregor fired up for Saturday, Alvarez fires back, PETA upset with McGregor (w/Cervantes Analysis)

(Jonathan Cervantes has been an avid fan of MMA since 2009 when he saw GSP vs. B.J. Penn 2. He has practiced tae kwon do, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling in the past and is currently a student majoring in entrepreneurship at the University of San Francisco. He writes the MMATorch News Digest on Fridays and Saturdays. Michael Hiscoe writes MMATorch News Digests Sunday through Thursday each week.)

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