Michael Bisping Asks If Everyone Else Gets Rematches, Why Not Him?

June 25, 2012
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If losing a fight is the worst feeling in the world, having to make that fateful call to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to tell him you’re injured and pulling out of a fight might be a close second.

UFC middleweight Michael Bisping had to experience that first hand just a couple of weeks ago when he suffered a knee injury in training and was forced to pull out of his scheduled fight with Tim Boetsch at UFC 149.

Now more than a week after having the necessary knee surgery, Bisping is in as good of spirits as he can maintain after pulling out of a fight, the first time he’s done so in his six year UFC career.

“It was tough, it was really tough. I like to fight frequently and I don’t like to pull out of fights. It was hard,” Bisping told MMAWeekly.com about the decision.

When the injury first occurred, Bisping says he was contemplating having surgery and then still trying to fight, but now that he’s back from under the knife, he knows there was no way that was going to happen.

“It’s getting better. The swelling’s starting to go down, I’m walking but only with a severe limp, but I can’t bend the knee yet properly so I don’t know when it is yet that I’ll be back in the gym. I’m icing the hell out of it everyday, and hopefully within another week I can do some things,” said Bisping.

When he returns to action later this year, the middleweight division he left could look somewhat different. On July 7, Chael Sonnen will look to become the first fighter in the UFC to defeat Anderson Silva and then four days later Mark Munoz will face Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 4.

A couple of weeks after that, former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard will make his UFC debut against the man who was supposed to face Bisping at UFC 149, Tim Boetsch.

When the dust settles, Michael Bisping knows one thing for sure – he’s still a top middleweight and if Chael Sonnen wins at UFC 148, there should be no question who the first man to face him should be.

All Bisping has to do is look in the mirror to find the answer.

“I definitely think so. The fight was super, super close and a lot of people felt I won that fight, even the UFC, Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta) thought I won the fight. Chael Sonnen even thought I won the fight. In the Octagon he said he thought I won the first two rounds. So, everyone else seems to get a rematch these days instantly, why can’t I get one?” Bisping asked.

“I was fighting the No. 1 contender, but the judges awarded it to Chael. He won the fight, just because I lost doesn’t mean I go to the back of the pile, it should mean I’m next in line. I just gave him the hardest fight he ever had and I’ll give it to him again without a problem.”

Bisping also thinks the middleweight contenders list is thinner than most believe when looking at the divisional rankings. He’s been near the top a number of times, but still awaits that elusive first title shot.

“You look at the contenders, who is there? Vitor Belfort just recently got beat, plus now he’s injured. Yushin Okami’s just been beat. There isn’t too many challengers, I’m right there. Mark Munoz has a fight lined up with Chris Weidman, so if Chael wins, he needs a challenger, I’m right here,” Bisping stated.

Whether Bisping will actually get that shot remains to be seen, and since he’s no clairvoyant he’s not going to stare into a crystal ball and hope to see his future fight with Chael Sonnen.

No, instead the British born Ultimate Fighter winner will rehab his knee and then look to get back into the middleweight title hunt by fighting instead of talking.

“When I spoke to Joe Silva and initially told him about it, he was very understanding and he said ‘listen give me a call after surgery and let me know how you’re leg’s getting on and how it’s feeling, and when you’ll be able to fight, we’ll find you a fight’. He said ‘we’re not going to make you wait on the sidelines for a while, we’ll get you a fight ASAP’,” Bisping revealed.

“In an ideal world I’d love to fight on the Jon Jones and Dan Henderson card. That’s about 11, 12 weeks, so maybe in a few weeks I can start training so that could be a possibility, but it’s down to the UFC of course.”

Bisping will also be watching UFC 148 with bated breath with the thought still lingering that if Chael Sonnen wins, his next fight could be for the middleweight title.

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  • IF Chael wins then GOAT Anderson gets an immediate rematch

    • RubeKegal

      To answer your question Michael Bisping, Noone likes you.

  • sc_dd91794cfca0b83fd0aa759418dacd04

    Most of all the rematches are from title fights. The fight was close but Sonnen won. But assuming munoz wins he looks to be the next guy in line, not Bisping.

    • I Agree, bisping is a top ten contender but I don’t think he’s a number one contender.

  • smill0313

    Its gonna be hard to get a rematch with chael after he gets murdered by silva.

    • TKD

      So very true.

    • fightfan

      ALl of a sudden he wont want that rematch. He wants an easy road to a title match. He wants Chael to beat Silva, then he will just jump back top the front if the line. This guy is delusional!

  • Anto1991

    Rematch him with wanderlei since both fellas are coming off losses to Franklin and Chael plus wanderlei wanted that rematch since he almost finished bisping twice in that fight. I would love to see that fight happen again thought Wanderlei looked amazing wen he fought Rich i think he wud put bisping on his arse after that last performance.

  • rsnowbass

    Significant fighters get rematches Michael…

  • phrankthetank

    He bows out of a fight with Tim boetsch and starts calling for a title shot? Aside from champions losing very close fights, What fighter comes off a loss and gets a title shot?

    • TKD

      That is exactly the point all of the Bisping lovers don’t seem to get. He lost, and yet he is still bitching about a title shot? His fight against Sonnen was hardly impressive, not to mention he LOST the fight! That somehow equates to a title shot? On what planet?

      • rsnowbass


      • jrcr_15

        Only in Strikeforce..! Brett Rogers

        • phrankthetank


  • kneedleskane

    Rematch with HENDO????

  • MaritalArtist

    Hendo is probably NOT interested. Bisping should be 1 fight away from a title shot. Certainly not more than that. Maybe the winner of boetch/Lombard? Also, weidman is undefeated still?

  • markrenton

    Like mentioned above, rematches are granted typically in a close title fight or a great fight that fans would want to watch again. Bisbing’s fight with Chael was neither. Beating up the host of Bully Beatdown and and having a close fight with Sonnen doesnt grant a title shot. I dont think Bisbing has ever beat a top 10 fighter in his entire career. If you want a title shot go fight Vitor, Munoz, Weidman, Stann, Lombard or Okami first.

    • fightfan

      He has not. He has faced 4 conteders and lost EVERY time. Maybe now he regrets getting guys like Sinosec, McCarthy, Day, Haynes, Schaffaer, etc, etc…..then after 7 or 8 fights he moved up to the level of Leben, etc.

      They give him a tougher fight every 4 fights or so, and he loses. Now with Stann, Belcher, Belfort all without an opponent and also coming of injuries . The UFC will have to struggle NOT to give him a dangerous striker. The UFC hope Weidman is availabel because that is usually what Bisping does good against(wrestlers and BJJ guy with not so good striking)

  • jrcr_15

    The only rematch I want to see him in is a rematch with Hendo, but the UFC won’t let that happen again lol

  • pooby

    This article shows why Bisping gets boos everywhere. His undeserved sense of entitlement.

  • fightfan

    This guy is SO delusional. He thinks he has only lost 1 fight, cuz he gets robbed every decision loss. Funny he doesnt talk about the Hammil decision.

    Anyhow, he forgets that already “took” Munoz’s place due to his injury. He already got a gift of replacing him and even getting a chacne to win a #1 contenders match. Now he wants Chael to do the dirty work of beating Silva…..then just give him a rematch for the title? Ridiculous.

  • JesseShredderMalloy

    1 or 2 solid performances with wins and I think Bisping should be given a shot, dudes worked hard and would put up a good fight. NO I do NOT think he should be given a title shot next.

  • It was a very close fight end at the end sonnen face did not look like he was winning it even felt surprise and relived when he won.

    Bisepin is a dangerous fighter and he knocked out Sonnen a few times too during the fight.

  • freddomaschko

    Damn it man, Just when I was starting to like the trash talk of Bisbing, He starts whining like a little girl. Wait your turn little girl.