Yoel Romero explains why he had Luke Rockhold on his blacklist

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Yoel Romero is still talking about his last opponent.

There was a lot of drama a few days ago when Romero weighed in at 188.3 pounds for his interim title fight against former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, who made weight for the bout.

This was the worst case scenario for the UFC as it forced the promotion to make it a non-title fight for Romero. This is not what the promotion had in mind when booking him at this event.

Romero was able to score a knockout win over Rockhold in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 221 pay-per-view event at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia.

As a result of his big win, Romero is expected to challenge Robert Whittaker for the middleweight title next.

Romero recently spoke with Ariel Helwani of The MMA Hour. During his appearance on the radio show, he gave some insight into his beef with Rockhold, which was wen in 2016 he failed an out-of-competition test in December 2015 that resulted in him being suspended for six months.

“You remember one day when you talked to me, I said I have only one list, a blacklist? He [was] on the blacklist,” Romero told Ariel Helwani (via MMA Fighting). “He knows why. He knows why. Because he talked a lot of (trash).

After USADA, when that happened, when I had this problem with USADA, he talked (trash). Before USADA, before, every time when he saw me, whether (in) Vegas or when the UFC made something like the (athlete) retreat, he’d say, ‘Hey, what’s up, my man? You want to go out with me? I need a party.’ I’d say, okay, come on, let’s go, no problem.”

“When I [was hanging out] with him, he was like a friend,” Romero continued. “He’d [put his arm around me] like this, ‘Yoel, what’s up?’ And every time, he asked me the big question. Every time, he asked me: ‘Hey Yoel, you want to fight with me?’ I’d say, ‘What?’ (He’d say,) ‘Yeah, so you want to fight?’ I’d say, ‘No, no, no. Wait, wait, wait, wait. That’s not the question. The question is, do you want to fight me?’ He’d say, ‘No, no, no. I don’t want to fight with you.’ So I’d say, ‘Okay, so you don’t want to fight me and I don’t want to fight you? That’s it.’”

Romero also noted what he said to Rockhold after he knocked him out.

“In this moment, I said, ‘Hey, Luke. I love you. I love you,” Romero said. “You remember the time when you were staying with me, hanging out, and you said, ‘Do you want to fight me?’ I said, ‘You remember? And you see what happened after USADA? You remember? I’m still here. I love you.’”

“He didn’t [say] anything because he knows. He knows.”

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