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Romero wants interim title fight with Silva: He’s the only big star in contention that I haven’t fought

After Michael Bisping opted to fight Georges St-Pierre next, Yoel Romero is now eyeing for an interim title fight with Anderson Silva.

The general consensus of MMA fans is that Yoel Romero should be fighting Michael Bisping for the world middleweight title, instead of Georges St-Pierre. But from his end, Romero is now looking at other options.

During Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, the “Soldier of God” bared his intent to face former long-time 185-pound champion Anderson Silva next, possibly for the interim title.

“I don’t think it would be a bad idea, and I think would be something good for the fans and myself to ask for an interim title fight with Anderson Silva,” Romero said via his translator (transcription via MMA Fighting). “I think it would take away and clear any cobwebs that may still be around and allow me to start a legacy.”

With the uncertainty of Luke Rockhold’s return and Gegard Mousasi being booked to fight Chris Weidman at the upcoming UFC 210 card, Romero sees Silva as the only choice for him to fight next.

“If you look the top-five rankings, everyone is busy and the only ones that are not booked are Anderson and I. He already beat everyone, and if you look at the list he’s the only big star that’s in title contention and that I haven’t fought.”

Silva last fought at UFC 208 in February, where he broke his five-year winless drought via a controversial victory over Derek Brunson. Romero, meanwhile, handed Chris Weidman his second straight loss via a nasty flying knee knockout at UFC 205 last November.