LONDON ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Michael Bisping of Great Britain celebrates victory against Yoshihiro Akiyama of Japan during their UFC middleweight bout at the O2 Arena on October 16 2010 in London England. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
UFC middleweight contender, Michael Bisping, has never been one to mince words, and is always eager to talk a little trash about his current or potential opponents. Now, with all the hype that has quickly developed around Chris Weidman, following his one-sided beatdown of Mark Munoz last weekend, a lot of talk has centered around Weidman jumping past fighters like Bisping, Brian Stann, and Alan Belcher, en-route to the next middleweight title shot. Fighters Only reached out to Bisping to get his thoughts on Weidman and some of the other top middleweights, and as usual, he didn't hold back:
FO: So, nice to be popular with all your colleagues? Stann, Belcher and Weidman have all called you out lately.
Yeah it seems like I am the man of the moment right now doesn’t it? That’s fine by me, I’m a professional fighter and I’ve not been busy enough lately to be honest, so I will happily fight all three of them - Stann, Weidman and Belcher can all have it. I’ve got no problem fighting and beating all three of them, either on three consecutive cards or all on one night if they want.
FO: Break it down for us - if you had a pick of one of them, who would you face and why?
Listen, Belcher’s getting on my nerves. He keeps saying he has got the style to beat me - what style? No man with a tattoo like that can talk to anyone about style! He’s been calling me out for a while now so I’d say to him, when you beat someone other than a pure jiu jitsu guy then call me. Brian Stann I respect, fine, I think we are on collision course and we can have that fight. I’ll win.
And now Chris Weidman is calling me out. Well, he’s on a roll but I don’t think a win over a fat Mark Munoz makes you a contender. Especially when Munoz has bounced into the Octagon like he’s at a Take That concert and with a haircut that looks like Belcher’s tattooist has switched careers. Did that distract him? It distracted me. I couldn’t take my eyes off it. What was it supposed to be, do you know?
Everyone’s talking about Weidman today but I tell you what, we were on the same card in January and I had to switch his fight with Maia off. I was trying to warm up backstage and the fight was putting me to sleep. I wanted to get hyped up and it was like watching paint dry. He looked good last night - or did Munoz look awful?
They all seem like nice guys, good luck to them - except Belcher, he’s been getting on my nerves so lets not include him [in the good luck wishes] - but I will happily fight them all, no problem. I want to be the champion and I think I am one more win away from a title shot. And any of these guys can be my first defences.
Bisping is currently without a scheduled fight on the horizon after pulling out of a match-up with Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 due to injury. Recent rumors have suggested that Bisping may be matched up with Brian Stann on a September card, but there's been no confirmation of that from the UFC yet.