Michael Bisping Understands Why All Middleweights Are Calling Him Out

January 18, 2013
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If you’re a middleweight fighting in the UFC, chances are at some point in your career you either have or will call out Michael Bisping.

Throughout his career in the UFC, Bisping has become the magnet for attention because of his no holds barred attitude whenever a microphone is placed in front of his face, and the former Ultimate Fighter champion doesn’t understand the meaning of pulling punches.

Everyone from Hector Lombard to Alan Belcher to just about everyone in between has said they want a shot at Bisping in the Octagon, and he gets it, and understands why his name is on the lips of every middleweight out there.

“I never shy away from saying things, and I’m going to sound really arrogant here, but a lot of people call me out. Almost all middleweights call me out, and they’re just trying to get a bit of hype off of my back. I’ve worked hard in this sport, I’ve fought hard, I’ve done three seasons of the Ultimate Fighter, I’ve done 10 million interviews. Nobody’s promoted this sport and the middleweight division more than me, and I guarantee that,” Bisping said recently when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio.

“Nobody’s done more interviews, nobody’s done more TV, and that’s why people want to call me out because a lot of people know who I am, and they want to take a bit of what I’ve got by fighting me or be put in the same sentence. They’re all going to get their asses kicked at the end of the day, but they might make a few dollars and get a bit of limelight out of it.”

Bisping isn’t wrong when it comes to promotion or the amount of attention he gets around fight time. There are a lot of fans that love him and a lot of fans that love to hate him, but either way Bisping isn’t worried so long as your plunking down your money or time to watch him.

While some fighters have spoken openly about not enjoying the media circles they have to run during fight week, or the amount of interviews they do during the lead-up to a show, Bisping embraces every bit of it.

It’s not because he’s an attention grabber who only wants the spotlight on him. It’s because Bisping gets the fact that MMA is a sport, but also entertainment, and any fight might go 15 or 25 minutes, but he’s got months to convince people to watch those fights and he’s going to do everything is his power to get your viewership.

“I’m blessed to do what I do for a living, and I’m not trying to sound cheesy or corny by saying that, I truly am. I do my dream job for a living, and the rewards are handsome and just recently for example I spoke to the PR guys at the UFC and I said look I want to promote this fight with Vitor, I feel like I’m not doing enough, load my plate up. I’m ready to do it, I’ll make the time in my schedule,” said Bisping.

“I look at this as a business. If the card doesn’t do well, if the viewing figures aren’t good, or the rest of it, that affects me, and it looks badly upon me. So I want it to be a success, so I want to try my hardest to get people to tune in. Often I don’t think a lot of fighters get that, that’s what we’re here to do – we’re here to promote it, we’re here to sell the fight and get people to tune in.”

Bisping believes that if doing an interview or a media conference call is going to throw you off your game that much then you’re probably already defeated. He says it’s all part of the game and more fighters should learn to embrace it.

“A lot of fighters don’t get that or they look at it as a nuisance or an annoyance and they need to get with the program really,” said Bisping.

“If talking to somebody for five or 10 minutes is going to result in you losing the fight, then you probably would have lost the fight anyways.”

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  • bajafox

    Was hoping for Vitor to lose so Bisping could finally get knocked out by Silva but now I’m kinda hoping Vitor just shuts him up instead

    • marcus miles

      Ill second that.

    • Jesse Malloy

      I still want Bisping vs Silva. lol

  • Jason

    He’s called out because he is overrated and beatable. Fighting Bisping is the easiest way to move up the rankings.

    • El Gvapo

      You’re deluded. Name one fighter who’s beaten bisping and moved up the rankings. Except for wandy who was more of a marquee fight, the fighters that have beaten him have already been above him in the rankings.

      • Jason

        MMWeekly has Bisping ranked #2 in the world. In the world! It’s absurd. If you’re talking risk vs. reward, call out Bisping, hands down. Basically anyone who beats him now will move up in the rankings, and he is very beatable. Fighters aren’t calling him out because he’s a douchebag, they’re calling him out because he’s ranked higher than he should be and other fighters want to take advantage of that.

        • El Gvapo

          Yes I’d probably do the same if I was a fighter, but my point remains the same, who has it worked for? Nobody. Plus I’m sure mmaweekly’s rankings have little to no bearing on who gets a UFC title shot. they have shown that if you talk a good game then you will get a shot, bisping’s just following the model they have laid down.

        • http://twitter.com/JakeSimmons2000 Jake Simmons

          I think he’s ranked appropriately. He’s right up there, guys. His boxing, TDD and cardio make him a tough, tough fighter. Although I hope Bisping rots in hell for that illegal knee to Jorge or whoever that guy was who he kneed in the forehead, and spit in their corner, he’s been behaving as of late, and i hate him a lot less these days. I am cheering for him tomorrow, and I’d cheer for him vs the GOAT.

          • Henning Svendsen

            Seriously, rot in hell for a knee? it seems quite brutal to wish someone torture for eternity for such a reason.

      • Oswald Cobblepott

        Hamill beat this bum that only exist to expand ufc into England!

        • El Gvapo

          Seriously? We have to go through all this again? Firstly, yes Hamill won, everyone knows it was a bad decision and the wrong guy won. But bisping didn’t make the decision did he? He didn’t mark the cards. We’ve seen countless bad decisions in mma in the past couple of years alone, yet bisping is the only one who has it held against him. And it was over 5 years ago, let it go.

          Secondly, don’t kid yourself about “expanding the British market”. In Britain the UFC is shown on ESPN. It’s a subscription channel that costs £10 (about $16) a month. For that price you get every single piece of UFC programming, all the PPVs, TUF, UFC Unleashed etc. Plus you get selected English soccer games and a variety of other sports. So there’s no PPVS buyrate to improve which is what the UFC craves. Also, do you not think the UFC is more concerned with India, china, brazil etc, that’s where the real cash is.

          • Mike mckinney

            One of the reasons I think that hamil fight is held against bisbing is because mike went on an interview parade telling everyone that it was an easy decision and he won.
            Not too many guys have acted like he did after a fight like that.

      • http://www.mmamadman.com/ Chase Brian Beebe

        bisping is overrated, the only reason why he wins is cause of his sorry opponents anytime he fights somebody that matters he loses

  • BarrysHypocrisy

    Bisping gets the most press because he whines the most.

  • El Gvapo

    Bisping is playing the fight game perfectly. This is exactly how you hype a fight. A couple of months ago people were indifferent about this fight and now it’s eagerly anticipated and the vast majority of fans are looking forward to it, whether it’s to see him win or lose.

    Now don’t get me wrong, I find his fighting style a bit Cruz-esque, the stand up equivalent of lay n pray almost, and I certainly don’t think he’ll trouble Anderson, but I do think you have to give him credit for his role in the sport.

    Also, there is a huge clue in the article. He said he went to the UFC and said he really wants to sell the fight etc. Do you not think they said to him, get on twitter, same some **** in interviews etc? That’s how to promote the fight, it’s sonnen all over, and we all know where’s he’s talked himself to.

  • Mike mckinney

    Truthfully everyone started calling him out after he started spitting on fighters corners after the fight. I guess that could just be coincidence though…..

  • urdooomb

    What has Bisping done to deserve all the hate?

    Is it:

    (A) he is british
    (B) he is arrogant or at least comes across as such
    (C) he is not the best fighter
    (D) he has a boring style
    (E) all of the above
    (F) some of the above but not all of the above

    I personally think it is E.

    • El Gvapo

      A) Why do you hate the british?
      B) Yes I see your point, I think the same probably applies to Sonnen, Diaz and similar. I’d say outspoken is a better description and I think there’s a big difference between that and arrogance. Just my opinion though.
      C) Why would you hate someone for not being the best fighter? You would effectively hate 95% of the mma world if that was the case.
      D) Hmmm I see your point again. I think there’s a fine line between being boring and unable to finish the fight though.
      E) not for me
      F) correct answer

  • http://twitter.com/julianmoranart julian moran

    This article is biased.

  • Cuntlick

    We can hate Bisping but he’s talking some sense here. Understanding how the fight business works. Ultimately it affects your wallet and your family

  • Alan

    Maybe it’s because he’s an average fighter with a very high profile. It’s like a free lunch for an elite fighter.