The UFC middleweight champ went in hard against Yoel Romero’s failed drug test last year.
UFC veteran and current middleweight champion Michael Bisping has always made his feelings on performance-enhancing drugs very clear: If you get caught taking them, you should be banned for life.
‘The Count’, who has fought several fighters who were either caught or admitted to PED use in the past (Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort, Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen, Chris Leben), has come under his own criticism as of late for entertaining a bout with Georges St-Pierre instead of demanding a title defense against Yoel Romero. Bisping, though, asserts that he shouldn’t have to fight a cheat.
The 37-year-old is referring to Romero’s failed drug test last year, in which ‘Soldier of God’ tested positive for an undisclosed substance after his split decision win over Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza at UFC 194. The United States Doping Agency, however, ruled that Romero had taken a tainted supplement and his original two-year suspension was reduced to six months.
But Bisping isn’t buying it, and the Brit got into a heated back-and-forth with Romero’s manager, Malki Kawa, in his Sirius XM podcast ‘The Countdown’.
Kawa, who also manages controversial former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, said that Bisping needs to drop the ‘PED sh*t’.
“He’s the number one contender,” Kawa said of Romero, per MMA Mania’s Andrew Pearson. “That fight should have happened January 21st, you went for a knee injury that just popped up… you could have had this thing done in December, you did it now. Man, listen, you played it beautifully… all I’m saying is the following: stop the PED shit and the whole-”.
Bisping interrupted and went on a tirade about how someone is going to get killed because of PED abuse in the near-future.
“No. I won’t. I have a very strong stance against it and I will never stop,” he said. “You take performance enhancing drugs then I have zero respect, and if you defend someone, then Malki, I gotta lean towards zero respect as well, because, you know, it is a black spot on this beautiful sport that we have, and unfortunately, one day, somebody’s gonna die, and then it will be taken a lot more seriously, okay. Until that day- and God forbid that day comes… if you test positive for performance enhancing drugs, you should be banned for life and never given the opportunity to fight again, and that’s how I feel. Call me an idiot, call me whatever you want.”
“There’s no smoke without fire,” Bisping said when Kawa tried to clear Romero of any wrongdoing with the tainted supplement ruling. “I’ve been tested one of the most guys in the history of USADA working with the UFC, and I’ve never accidentally failed a test. How does one accidentally fail a test, because I tell you what, I’ve never done it… I’m pretty carefree to be honest, but I just avoid steroids.”
The No. 1 ranked middleweight contender Romero called into Bisping’s talk show earlier this month and went on an inaudible rant, but the champ laughed it off.
Bisping, who is currently recovering from knee surgery, is expected to defend his 185-pound title against Romero later this year, but the California-based fighter said he’s still up for a mega-money fight against GSP.