by Lee Whitehead – MMAWeekly.com
U.K. fan favorite Michael Bisping addressed the UFC Fight Club recently in England and gave some insights into his fight with Matt Hamill and his move from light heavyweight down to the middleweight division.
“I feel like I should have pushed the pace a lot more, but I am not going to sit here and whine about it like some other people” said Bisping of his fight with Hamill.
Talking of losses to highly regarded American wrestlers in the 205-pound division, he was considerably more vocal about the prospect of a rematch with Hamill.
“I have moved to middleweight, so for the time being, that fight is out of the window, it was my 15th pro fight and I realized then that you can’t always go out and have the best performance,” he stated. “However, he knows I can K.O. him and as long as he continues to whine and bitch about it, it may be sooner rather than later.”
When pressed further on the potential match-ups in his new division, Bisping stated that at the moment he cannot confirm if he will indeed be fighting “Chainsaw” Charles McCarthy as that fight hasn’t been officially announced, but he did acknowledge McCarthy’s prowess on the ground and stated that it would be a good match for him and that he “had the measure of him standing.”
Looking at the potential bouts for Bisping at middleweight, several names spring to mind, but the Wolfslair standout refused to be drawn on who he would like to face in the future by stating emphatically, “At the moment there is no one obvious. I don’t have a problem with anyone in this division, but ask me in another six months and I will probably have a name for you, basically against anyone who proves to be a gobshite.”
The Internet is rife with opinions on forums and discussion boards. While much of it should probably be left on the roadside, Bisping did address a view held by some that he is protected by the Ultimate Fighting Championship due to his marketability in the U.K.
“I feel that Elvis Sinosic and Rashad Evans are tough opponents. I feel that I am paying my dues and working my way forward, but I accept that everyone has an opinion and I don’t let it bother me.”
One thing that did become apparent is that Bisping feels that there is a positive effect rippling through the Wolfslair gym at the moment with fighters such as Alex Cook, Paul Kelly and Tom Blackledge all being recognized as solid fighters internationally and that there will be a new pack of lightweights coming out of the camp soon for fans to keep there eyes on.
Bisping was rumored to be facing McCarthy on March 8 in the U.K., but while that date was something that was in the works, it never came to fruition. UFC president Dana White told MMAWeekly, “We didn’t scrap the show in England (on March 8), it was never set.”