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)
Michael Bisping usually says what's on his mind, especially if it might be a tad controversial. Things were no different on Saturday when he was on Fuel TV, as he hyped his co-main event bout with Brian Stann at UFC 152 on September 22nd. He believes that the current main event, a UFC flyweight championship bout between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson, is not why fans will be tuning in:
"In my opinion, and I think in most people’s, this is the main event. This is the real main event. Two big hard hitting guys. No one cares about little flyweights, this is the real main event, this is the real big fight, tune in cause someone’s getting knocked out, ain’t going to be me though."
"This is the real main event of UFC 152."
He also threw out his standard "I got robbed" line when stating that the winner of his bout with Stann should get a title shot:
"I’ve been around the UFC since 2005, I’ve been consistently fighting the best guys in the world, and I’ve done very, very well. I was robbed in a decision when I fought Chael (Sonnen), if I hadn’t been robbed there when I beat Brian, I’ll be on a six fight win streak, I think I deserve a shot."
"Whoever wins this we should get the next shot."
I find Bisping's spiel very tiresome at times. While he's right that more people are drawn to his bout than the flyweight bout, throwing Joe B. and Mighty Mouse under the bus like that is pretty lame. If there was some humor involved in it, I'd understand. But he's not being funny. He's actually serious. That's sad.