Dana White has revealed that the UFC are considered putting together an interim middleweight title fight this summer if Michael Bisping is unable to defend his title.
“We’re trying to put together that Bisping-Romero fight,” White told ESPN.com. “If (Bisping) can’t fight this summer, we’ll probably create an interim title between [Yoel] Romero and Robert Whittaker.”
Bisping had originally been scheduled to fight Georges St-Pierre, but when the Canadian indicated that he wouldn’t be ready to compete until November, the UFC pulled the plug on the match-up and instead indicated that ‘The Count’ would fight No.1 contender Yoel Romero instead.
However, Bisping has since revealed that he’s suffering from a knee injury and so is unlikely to be fit in time to fight in July, which is believed to be the month the UFC is targeting, most likely for UFC 213 on the 8th of that month during International Fight Week.
That could be big news for Australia’s Whittaker, who has bounded up the middleweight ranks to No.3 in recent times after a seven fight winning streak that includes a TKO victory over Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza last month.
Romero’s resume is even more impressive, however, consisting of no less than eight consecutive victories in the Octagon, claiming big name scalps like Tim Kennedy, Lyoto Machida, Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza and Chris Weidman along the way.