Emotions Running High (Or Not at All) for Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold

October 29, 2014
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The emotions are heating up ahead of UFC Fight Night 55, as Michael Bisping exchanged words with Luke Rockhold this week.

Although he said he’s all business ahead of their Nov. 7 encounter in Sydney, Bisping unloaded a curse-word-laced barrage of verbal jabs at Rockhold during a Tuesday conference call with members of the media.

The two have previously traded barbs, but have seldom had an opportunity to discuss an apparent sparring session where Bisping said he knocked out Rockhold. The bold claim eventually made it to Rockhold’s ears and it didn’t sit well with him, prompting the American Kickboxing Academy standout to call Bisping out and lobby for a fight to be signed.

Eventually, Rockhold got his wish, and the lead-up to the bout has Bisping going full Bisping.

SEE ALSO: UFC Free Fight Video: Michael Bisping KOs a Bloodied Cung Le

“Luke, I don’t know you, I don’t care for you,” Bisping said. “We haven’t shared a single proper conversation, so you’re basing your facts, or what you presume as facts, on absolutely nothing, on fresh air. We’ve had one conversation of the sparring match in question that everybody talks about. You don’t know me, you don’t know me as a person, so kiss my (expletive) ass, you lanky piece of (expletive). I’ll see you in Australia, you (expletive). I’m going to put it all to bed then.”

Despite Bisping’s outright dislike for his opponent, Rockhold appeared to have a handle on his emotion. In response to Bisping’s tirade, the former Strikeforce middleweight champ pointed to the way he’s carried himself in their promotion of the bout as evidence that he’s not going to let anger get in the way of things.

Rockhold vowed never to let emotions get in the way of a fight again, referring to the lead-up ahead of his loss to Vitor Belfort as an example of what he’ll avoid going forward.

“As you can see, with the way that I’ve carried myself in our conversations and face to face, I’m not really too emotional,” Rockhold explained. “If you want to see emotional, go back and see my Belfort lead-up to the fight. I was pissed, I was emotional, you can see it in my eyes. I’m very comfortable and relaxed, and that’s never going to happen again. I’m never going to let emotions get the better of me. I’ve done my work. I’ve worked my ass off for this whole training camp, worked with some of the best guys in the world, and I’m prepared. I’m better than I’ve ever been. I’m going to go out there and just do my job.”

SEE ALSO: UFC Full Fight Video: Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch

With his opponent explaining how calm he can be under the pressure of a fight’s build-up, Bisping said he’s of the same frame of mind, explaining that he doesn’t allow Rockhold’s comments to phase him. He said Rockhold is simply jumping on the Bisping hate train.

“I’m not upset about any of his remarks,” Bisping said. “Anything that Luke Rockhold said doesn’t really register with me, to be honest. The guy, he’s trying to jump on a bandwagon, ‘Oh, I’m trying to do this for the sake of everybody. He’s such an (expletive), no one likes him.’ No one has any right to (give) their opinion on anything because when I’m outside of the Octagon, I’m at home with my wife and kid, so I don’t know what he’s basing this whole bad-guy image on.”

For “The Count,” what looks like emotional outbursts is apparently business as usual.

“I’m going down there to take care of business,” Bisping added. “Luke Rockhold is not somebody that I (get) upset about. He’s not somebody that I care about. He’s not somebody that I wake up in the morning and think about. I’m here to do my job — to put on an entertaining fight and I’ve done that throughout my entire career. And this will be another occasion where I will do that. I’m going down to Sydney to take care of business. Yes, of course I get to shut this guy up in the process — that is obviously a bonus. But I’m all business.”

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  • DamianCross

    This is all hype. Bisping has never KO’d anyone, ever.

    • Timothy Malone

      Bisping has 15 knockout wins on his record. If you are really going to be anal and get hung up on the difference between KO and TKO, then he still as 2 of those as well.

      • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

        Most of those TKO’s Bisping has on his record are against “CANS” that were hand picked out of the crowd in pubs long before the UFC started giving him more “CANS” to hype him up. I think its funny the UFC has Bisping ranked at #9 and they matched him up against a 43 year old Cung Le who wasn’t even ranked in the top 15 and hadn’t fought in well over a year. Bisping is the only fighter in the UFC that loses every other fight and is always one win away from a title shot. Fricken joke

    • Lucas Freire

      Actually Bisping has more KO’s than Rockhold has fights.

  • Denny Swain

    I doubt bisping makes it out of 1st rd. Rockhold is the greatest opponent he will have ever faced.Belfort was a fluke and a cheat ,with horse semen coursing thru his veins.if bisping wins it will be a shock and I will be wrong yet again

    • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

      Actually Rockhold says he really wants to punish Bisping and take his time putting a beating on him he will never forget. Doesn’t matter to me as long as we all get to hear Bisping whine and cry and make excuses like he always does

  • cheflacsto

    Bisping will probably be knocked out early in this one. Only chance is great boxing, fancy foot work and try to win a decision. Don’t see him knocking Rockhold out or submitting him.

  • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

    Any bets Bisping runs away from Rockhold just like he did when he fought Matt Hamill

    • taylor2008

      And Matt Hamill won that fight.

  • Skooby

    I think they should touch gloves and then lick each other’s cornholes.

    • pigheart

      the game with the beanbags?

  • taylor2008

    I’m sorry but I hope Rockhold puts Bisping to sleep. Hearing Bisping talk shit all the time gets old. I loved that KO Hendo gave him.

  • taylor2008

    LOL! Thanks for that. Holy shit thats a funny pic!