Bantamweight Urijah Faber thinks he could hold his own in a bout with middleweight Michael Bisping, and even challenges him to bring it.
Urijah Faber has come up short in a few title shots lately, but he's still got a lot on his plate. He has a camp full of fighters to take care of, and he handled the announcing duties for the recent XFC 20 show in Tennessee. After the show he did an interview with MMA: Inside the Cage and covered a wide variety of subjects. He said that his rib is still displaced and his doctors wouldn't have let him fight at UFC 153 despite volunteering; he talked about the recent bad luck Strikeforce has had to endure lately; and even said Joseph Benavidez was injured going into his UFC 152 bout with Demetrious Johnson. But the most interesting part was definitely about Michael Bisping.
At the 4:38 mark of the video, the reporters asks Faber about Bisping and his amusing "feud" with Benavidez leading up to UFC 152. Faber says it's all just fun and games, but actually bags on Bisping thin skin a bit, then says he thinks he could do pretty well against him in a fight:
It's all in good fun. I actually spent some time with him in Afghanistan, and the true thing about Bisping is - he loves to joke around but he cannot take a joke. I was giving him some crap about that. I remember one of the military ladies came up and said something was about a foot long, and I said (holding up fingers about an inch apart) 'Well, Bisping said this is about six inches!', and he friggin lost it. His face got all red, he was spitting around for a comeback.
You know, the bottom line is that I've got respect for Bisping, I think he's a cool enough guy. But i'd get in there and scrap with him.
I think it'd go well. I think I'd have an advantage on the ground. I wouldn't wanna take a clean punch from the guy because he's so much bigger, but you know, for those that know martial arts, getting hit on the button is the scary thing and I think he'd have trouble hitting me. Although I have a great big chin here, I think he'd have trouble getting to it. So it'd be an interesting fight. I would do it. Let's do it Bisping, we can do it on the internet. We can do some sparring, or charge people and have an exhibition bout."
Faber was obviously pretty light about it and it's not like he was trying to disrespect the middleweight. But it'd still be a pretty interesting exhibition to watch. And you just know Bisping is going to have something to say about this soon enough.