If you thought Michael Bisping was going to gloss over Anderson Silva’s suspension for performance-enhancing-drugs as their bout nears, well, it looks like that assumption was wrong.
As you’ve likely heard by now, Bisping and Silva are going to fight at UFC Fight Night 83 on February 27th. It will mark the first time the latter has competed, since he tested positive for PEDs last January and was suspended for a year.
Bisping has been a vocal critic of PED use, so much so, at one point he said he wouldn’t fight Silva. But, clearly the British star changed his mind, and during a media call on Tuesday, Bisping didn’t back away from the subject.
Here is just some of what “The Count” had to say about Silva and his suspension (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“…The fact of the matter is Anderson Silva tested positive for not one, not two, but three banned substances inside his body.
“While I respect him as a fighter, I’ve gotta say, I lost a lot of respect for him for that,” he continues. “This fight represents me beating all of these people that want to cheat the system. I’ve never taken performance enhancing drugs in my life. Anybody that does should be ashamed. To call yourself a martial artist and to take performance-enhancing drugs is the biggest contradiction you could ever make. And to be honest, Anderson should be ashamed of himself.”
If you’re surprised to hear any of this coming from Bisping, you really shouldn’t be. Now as far as Silva, the former middleweight champ continues to standby his camp’s defense: they say the positive test was due to a tainted sexual enhancement supplement the fighter took.
Now it will be interesting to see how much Bisping returns to this issue in the coming weeks. Chances are it will be a lot (as you know the media will be asking about it).
UFC FN 83 will take place in London, England.