Michael Bisping joined the UFC in 2006, winning season 3 of The Ultimate Fighter as a light heavyweight.
Since joining the UFC, Bisping has accumulated a record of 14-5, and established himself as one of the top middleweights in the UFC. He’s also established himself as one of the most outspoken fighters with the promotion.
Throw any topic and a microphone in front of Bisping, and he’s going to have an opinion on that topic. 99 percent of the time Bisping’s opinion will be one that will get a reaction from the fans.
MMAWeekly.com recently caught up with the No. 4 ranked middleweight in his new home base of Southern California and got Bisping’s opinion on a variety of subjects.
Here are some of the highlights:
On Anderson Silva losing his title:
I’m not taking anything from his (Chris Weidman) win, but we all know that Anderson Silva was acting like an idiot, and he got knocked out, and it would have been nice to have been that guy that did it. Congratulations to Chris, he’s the new champion and certainly a formidable force at middleweight, but I could have done that, I could have done that.
On the new UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman:
I think Chris Weidman’s a good matchup for me. I think I’m better on the feet, and I think I can stop his takedowns, and if he does take me down I can get back to my feet. It’s kind of similar to the matchup that I’ve got coming up with Mark Munoz.
On his legacy:
If it ended tomorrow I would like to be remember as a guy that fought anyone at anytime, and always fought his heart out.
On the growth and acceptance of mixed martial arts:
Before you were kind of looked at as a thug or a cage fighter, now you’re recognized as an athlete. I’m not a cage fighter, I hate that expression.
On Mark Munoz and his comment that Bisping has "pillow fists":
Maybe I can give him one of those pillows when he’s lying on the floor in a pile of piss and blood when I’m finished with him.
On top-ranked middleweight Vitor Belfort:
He’s chemically enhanced and stays down in Brazil, it’s curious.
Bisping is set to meet No. 6 ranked Munoz on October 26 in Manchester, England. The fight will be the main event of UFC Fight Night 30.