UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping spoke recently with Champions.co about his upcoming title defense against Dan Henderson, as well as the rest of his division. The interview took place at Bisping’s new UFC Gym in Costa Mesa, California, that he owns along with featherweight Cub Swanson.
Top contenders Luke Rockhold, Jacare Souza, and Chris Weidman were vocal that they should get the title fight, and that Henderson should not. However, the first Bisping vs. Hendo fight ended with what is widely believed to be the best KO in league history. And Hendo deserves an extraordinary final fight – win, lose, or draw, he vows that this is it. So Hendo it is.
Next, Weidman got Yoel Romero and Rockhold got Jacare. And in the interview, Bisping fired back at Weidman’s comment that the Hendo fight was embarrassing.
“I think Chris is really embarrassed that I knocked out the guy that dominated him and beat the living crap out of him,” said Bisping, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “He should be embarrassed that as a guy who calls himself a black belt in jiu-jitsu and some kind of crazy skilled wrestler, he was mounted by Rockhold, and had something like a hundred strikes landed on him. The referee should’ve called that fight after the third round. Where were his mount escapes? He should be embarrassed more for the fact that he got his ass absolutely kicked, but I went out there and knocked Luke out in the first round.
“Why should he be embarrassed that I’m the champ? I mean, really, it’s about time that Chris Weidman just shuts the f*** up. He’s acting like a little b****, and we all know it. Everybody is sick of him and all that whining. He’s always feeling sorry for himself and making excuses. Quit being a little b****, Chris. Get back in the cage, win a fight and then maybe we can talk.”
The Count got digs in at Rockhold as well.”I thought Rockhold was going the Derek Zoolander route, but I guess that might not be working out for him as well as he thought it would. Maybe the winner can get a school for people who can’t read good and who want to learn to do other stuff good, too.”
“I thought Rockhold was going the Derek Zoolander route, but I guess that might not be working out for him as well as he thought it would,” said Bisping. “Maybe the winner can get a school for people who can’t read good and who want to learn to do other stuff good, too.”
“Seriously, though, I think Jacare beats him. I don’t think Rockhold will ever be the same again. I think I exposed him, to be honest. I think I exposed his chin, for sure. If Jacare stands in the pocket with him, he can definitely catch him. Vitor did it, I did it and Jacare can do it, too.
“Rockhold is good, don’t get me wrong. He’s got great kicks and very, very good jiu-jitsu, but he doesn’t have very good hands. If you get past the kicks and get him close, you can catch him.
“The good thing for me is that one of them gets beat. I couldn’t care less which one it is. I’ll fight the winner of that one or the winner of Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman. Makes no difference to me.”
First of course, Bisping has to beat Henderson in the rematch.
“I’m gonna put a beating on Dan Henderson like he’s never experienced,” vowed Bisping. “I’m gonna make him feel every one of his 46 years. He’s gonna know that he’s had his ass kicked thoroughly… Dan Henderson’s gonna get beat to a living pulp. I’m gonna toy with him for two rounds. I’m gonna make him feel old and slow and embarrass him and in the third round I’m gonna knock him out cold.”