Michael Bisping is confused. The outspoken UFC middleweight constantly has people lining up to fight him, and he's not quite sure why. Bisping, who is scheduled to fight Tim Kennedy on April 16th in Quebec City, was a guest on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani recently and vented his frustration about how illogical it was for fighters to constantly call him out (transcribed by MMA Mania):
"What can I say, I've been around a long time, and listen, I'm never shy to say what's on my mind. Sometimes, I piss people off and they want to fight me for that reason. Other times people want to fight me because I've been around the UFC for a long, long time and they think they'll get a bit of recognition from that. Other times they just want to climb the ladder and think I'm the logical next match up.
But, for those people that call me out, I never understand it. Listen, when I beat Tim Kennedy, I'm calling out Chris Weidman, or the winner of Machida vs. Weidman. I want to fight the champion, I never understood why you call out the number four guy. You know what I mean? If you're in that position, why call out the number four guy? Call out the damn champion. You don't get anything from fighting me, you ain't going to get the belt. I want the belt, I don't want a big payday and the main event and maybe a few more Twitter followers. I want to be the world champion."
He does have a solid point in regards to calling out the champion instead of him all the time. But fighters know that he's always going to engage them in banter if they say something about him, which adds fuel to a potential fight and makes it more marketable. In short, there are a few other reasons for UFC middleweights to call out Bisping. Even if he doesn't quite understand it.