Weidman was handed his third straight defeat at UFC 210, but not in a manner that anyone could have predicted. After Mousasi landed a couple of knees to the head of Weidman in round two, Dan Miragliotta ruled the blows were fouls, and told the former champ he had five minutes. But, apparently, Miragliotta watched replays of the knees that were being played in the arena. Even thought instant replay isn’t part of the New York State Commission’s policies yet. It was decided the knees weren’t fouls after all.
Doctors had been talking to Weidman, and they ruled the former champ couldn’t continue. Since the knees were no longer considered fouls, however, the fight was awarded to Mousasi.
So…on the latest episode of Bisping’s “Believe You Me” podcast, the outspoken, middleweight champ fired away at Weidman for how things played out. Case in point, Bisping had this to say about the “All American” (quote via MMA Fighting):
“Weidman went in for yet another telegraphed takedown attempt, Mousasi kind of sprawled, kind of had him in a headlock position and from here, Chris tried to manipulate the rules. … If a person has one hand on the floor, in the past that was a downed opponent. What people used to do was, they used to touch the floor with that hand and then they couldn’t be kneed in the face, when realistically, they didn’t need to put that hand on the floor, they were totally manipulating the rules so they couldn’t be kneed.
“At a weigh-in, you try to make weight any way you can. At a fight, you’re supposed to be a man and f**king fight, not manipulate the rules and put one hand on the ground or two hands on the ground. Be a man, stand up, fight, go out there, tooth and nail, bite down on your mouthpiece and lets f**king do this.”
Wow. These comments aren’t going to sit too well with Weidman and his supporters. But, if you follow Bisping, these statement shouldn’t come as a surprise either.
Weidman has said he plans to appeal the decision, so it will be interesting to see if it’s overturned. It was a very disappointing end to a pivotal fight.