St-Pierre, the former welterweight champion, choked Michael Bisping unconscious at Madison Square Garden, New York, to become one of the few multi-division champions in the promotion’s history.
UFC president Dana White stated that ‘Rush’ would defend the 185-pound strap against interim champ Robert Whittaker, but Yoel Romero, who lost to ‘The Reaper’ in a headlining championship bout this past July, thinks GSP will drop down to welterweight or hang up the gloves for good.
If that’s the case, ‘Soldier of God’ wants to rematch Whittaker for the vacant title.
“If GSP decides to retire or go down in weight, then the title for my division is free,” Romero told Chris Taylor of BJPENN.com in a recent interview. Then maybe Robert Whittaker, who is the No. 1 interim champion, will need to fight somebody. Maybe that somebody is me or maybe it is Luke Rockhold. I think that is what the UFC wants.
“Right now I only think about the belt. That is the only thing I think about. There is no other option in my head. I want to rematch Robert Whittaker for the UFC championship after GSP vacates the title.”
Ideally, Romero would like to fight again by the end of the year but admits that he’s more likely to return to the Octagon in 2018.
“I don’t know when I’ll fight again. I would love to fight again this year. But maybe that is too close. It is almost the end of 2017. I would love to fight on the same card as Conor McGregor. If he fights in Boston this January, I would really like to be a part of that.”
Romero, 40, was on an impressive 8-fight win streak before losing to Whittaker at UFC 213. The Cuban Olympic silver medalist is still considered one of the most dangerous fighters in the middleweight division and has beat the likes of Chris Weidman, Ronald ‘Jacare’ Souza, Lyoto Machida and Derek Brunson.