Over his 13-year MMA career, Michael Bisping took his fair share of damage. With names like Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, and Anderson Silva dotting his record, there’s no question that he faced some of the hardest punchers that mixed martial arts had to offer inside the Octagon. But that doesn’t mean the man doesn’t have limits on just what kind of damage he’d be willing to take.
With the recently reported news that Francis Ngannou has a cameo in the new (and supposedly final) Jackass movie, premiering October 22nd in the US, Bisping took to his Believe You Me podcast to talk about the heavyweight champ’s role in the upcoming film. Notably that the ‘Predator’ lent his hands to one of the movie’s many stunts by punching one of the Jackass crew square in the balls as hard as he could. According to the ‘Count’, there’s no amount of money in the world that could have convinced him to take that shot.
“This is ludicrous. This is crazy,” Bisping said of the stunt (transcript via MMA Fighting). “They’re going to let Francis Ngannou punch them in the balls as hard as he can. Punch them in the nuts for Jackass 4. That’s insane. There’s just no way.... (That’s like) a Toyota Prius going at a healthy pace. Your Uber driver takes his eye off the road for a split second and where does he hit you? Right in the balls. Listen, I don’t know man. How much money would they have to pay you for Francis Ngannou to punch you in the balls as hard as he can? There’s no way! There’s no amount of money! That would explode a testicle!
“Francis Ngannou will pop your balls. They will explode like a balloon. If he punches you with bare knuckles to the testicles, it’s a bad day at the office. Simple as that.”
While Bisping may have eventually admitted that there could, hypothetically, be some kind of astronomical amount of money that could push him into that position, he was unwilling to actually put down a hard number. Simply stating instead that it’s “pretty high.”
Ngannou was last seen in the cage knocking out Stipe Miocic this past March, to secure the UFC heavyweight championship. That bout was a rematch of his first bid for gold against Miocic, back in 2018—where Ngannou lost via unanimous decision. The Cameroonian-born Frenchman was in talks to face Jon Jones and Derrick Lewis sometime late this summer, however the UFC’s desire for a heavyweight title fight headliner atop their UFC 265 PPV in Houston, TX, on August 7th, has driven the company to create an interim title fight between Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane. No word yet on exactly when fans may expect to see Ngannou back in action following that bout.