Yoel Romero saw his opening and he attacked, flooring Chris Weidman with a flying knee in the third round at UFC 205.
“You said it Joe (Rogan), the opportunity for the belt,” Romero said. “I trained very hard for the belt.”
The 39-year-old Cuban improved to 13-1 overall, adding to a December win over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and previous victories over Lyoto Machida and Tim Kennedy.
Working the FOX Sports booth, middleweight champion Michael Bisping directed two middle fingers to Romero and the two had a stand-off from yards away.
“Mike, you see now who the real champion is, you know me boy,” Romero said.