Bisping, the former UFC middleweight champion, was knocked out by Belfort when ‘The Phenom’ was openly using testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in 2013. Belfort caught Bisping with a head kick in the second round which caused permanent damage to his eye, and the Brit is still notably scarred from the incident to this day.
That’s why when Lyoto Machida knocked out Belfort with a picture-perfect front kick last weekend at UFC 224, ‘The Count’ found great satisfaction in watching the Brazilian suffer yet another KO loss.
“It’s very satisfying to see him lose if I’m honest,” Bisping said on a recent episode of Believe You Me, per MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew. “I don’t care for the guy. I think he’s built a career off being a cheat. The amount of insane steroids that he’s done over his life, over his career, is evident to see. I mean you go back and look at him in his early career, the guy was insanely jacked. When we fought he was insanely jacked, and now you look at him and he looks like a f**king beat up old man, and he’s getting knocked out like so and he’s performing like so. When he was juiced out of his mind, [he was] just f**king tearing through everybody.”
Bisping will never forgive Belfort for detaching his retina while openly using TRT, and believes the former UFC light heavyweight champ puts on a fake, ‘good guy’ persona to mask his inner demons.
“He has the hypocrisy to go out and talk about being a good person and this and that,” Bisping continued. “The guy’s a cheat, the guy has no honor. I would have loved to have been the person to do that, but it’s kind of still enjoyable to see him get what he deserves because he’s gone out and done that to many people and caused injuries. He f**ked up my eyeball, he’s the one to blame for that, so yeah. God bless Machida. Job well done.”
Bisping, 39, was anticipated to fight at this month’s UFC Fight Night event in Liverpool, England, but the MMA veteran shocked fans when he said he may never return to the Octagon again, not even for a retirement bout.