Oh that Michael Bisping. The UFC Middleweight certainly knows how to win friends and influence people. At the UFC 159 post-fight press conference he had this to say about the man he stopped with a flagrant eye poke in the third round of their bout:
"Leading into the fight obviously there was a lot of talk. I have respect for Alan Belcher. he's been around a long time, he's a very good opponent. I've just gotta do what I've gotta do to prepare mentally, and try (to) put doubt in his mind, and that's all it was. I've got nothing against him, nothing but respect for him."
"To be honest trash talk isn't what's important. What's important is going out there putting on good performances, and ultimately winning fights."
"I could read all his movements, he seemed quite slow to me... I think, you know, he laid on the floor a little bit, I think maybe. Who knows? I think maybe he looked for a way out. But I was happy with everything."
Belcher's cut eye required over a dozen stitches and he's previously endured two surgeries for detached retina, a vision threatening injury, in the same eye.