If you’re one of the people who has been comparing Michael Bisping to Germaine de Randamie in recent days, well, the middleweight champ has offered up a response.
Recently the UFC announced that it has stripped de Randamie of the 145 title, as a result of her refusal to fight the #1 ranked contender, Cris “Cyborg” Justino. After the Dutch fighter defeated Holly Holm to become the UFC’s first female, featherweight champ, her camp reported de Randamie wouldn’t fight “Cyborg”, while referring to her as a “proven cheater”.
Well, since it wasn’t long ago that Bisping was supposed to fight Georges St-Pierre, rather than the #1 contender Yoel Romero, some have argued the British star is like de Randamie. Especially since, the argument being, that Bisping fought Dan Henderson in his first title defense, who wasn’t ranked in the top 10. But, on the latest “Believe You Me” podcast, Bisping had this to say about that contention (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I’ve got to be careful about what I say here because I know everybody’s gonna talk s**t about me and say, ‘You’re a f**king p**sy. You f**king defended against Dan Henderson. You’re avoiding number one contenders.’ That is not what’s happened, motherf**kers. The UFC offered me Dan Henderson, I took the fight and then I had knee surgery. Two knee surgeries in fact…”
“I know people are gonna talk shit because it seems from the outside that I’m f**king avoiding Yoel, which isn’t the case at all. I had two knee surgeries, I’m back training now but I still couldn’t do a training camp. But I do see the parallels that people will draw on and call me a f**king hypocrite.”
Now, even if you’re not happy with how the UFC has been handling Bisping’s reign as the 185 champ thus far, it should be noted that he didn’t publicly come out and outright refuse to fight Romero…
Romero, meanwhile, is facing Robert Whittaker for an interim middleweight belt on July 8th at UFC 213.