He may have lost the opportunity to become UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping’s next challenger when he dropped a decision to Robert Whittaker at UFC 213, but Yoel Romero’s campaign of social media trash-talk against the Englishman has only intensified since.
Spurred on by Bisping’s act of disrespect towards the Cuban flag at UFC 213, Romero recently posted a video to Instagram in which he could be seen setting fire to a picture of the champion holding a union jack.
“I’m going to burn you and your flag for disrespecting my flag,” said Romero in Spanish, before using the burning photo to light a cigar. “I’m your big ticket, boy. I’m going to be your nightmare, brother(Translation via MMAFighting).”
Today, Romero posted yet another video to social media, one that was a little more elaborate than, but just as scarily intense as, it’s predecessor. Continuing with the unfortunate theme of debasing flags, Romero starts the video seated on top of a union jack. Later, he throws the flag on the street and allows others to trample it. The video closes in a gym, with Romero standing on the union jack and yelling into the camera as men spar in the background.
“I see you, I see you!” shouts the self-proclaimed ‘Soldier of God’, slapping his chest in the process. “You scared, you scared about me(sic). Fuck you!”
“You’re “champ” is scared,” Romero wrote below the video on Twitter, tagging Bisping himself and UFC president Dana White in the post. “I will find him and he will need the octagon to protect him.”
— Peoples Champ (@YoelRomeroMMA) July 17, 2017
“I was in #cuba waiting for you @mikebisping you didn’t show,” Romero wrote when sharing the same video to Instagram. “Maybe it was your #knee again, maybe you’re just full of it. I will find you #boyyyyy and when I do, you will need the #cage to protect you! @dioxyme #seeyousoonboyyyy.”
Romero started well against Whittaker at UFC 213, winning the first two rounds, but the ‘The Reaper’ stormed back to take the last three and the decision by scores of 48-47 on all three judges scorecards. With the victory, Whittaker scooped an interim title and earned the right to face Bisping for the real championship when ‘The Count’ returns to action after he is done rehabbing a knee injury.
The 40-year-old Romero, who had won eight straight fights prior to his setback against Whittaker, remains at number 2 in the UFC middleweight rankings in spite of the loss.