Tuesday, October 11, 2016

When UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping beat Dan Henderson via unanimous decision after a thrilling five round fight, he had a message for the other top contenders.

“Forgive my language, all you f***ing a******s in the rest of the division – Weidman, what the hell? You lost your last fight. I’ve had three victories since you got your ass kicked by Luke Rockhold. Rockhold, I knocked you out in three minutes, buddy. Yoel Romero, you’re suspended for steroids. Shame on you. And Jacare, you just got beat by Yoel. All of you – win a fight, get off the couch, and f***ing let’s do this.”

It was awesome, bloody theatre, but during a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, former champion Chris Weidman was not impressed.

“That guy had it in his head before the fight, and told himself, ‘after I dominate Dan Henderson, I’m going to get on the mic and call out all these four guys and say certain things about them, and it’s going to look really cool,'” said Weidman, as transcribed by Dave Doyle for MMA Fighting. “But the guy, he shouldn’t have done that when you barely beat the No. 14 in the division. … to get on the mic like that and call out the top four guys like he just did something impressive, I really thought Dan Henderson should have got his hand raised, so I was embarrassed for him. He can say my name a billion times and call me all the names he wants. That guy does not affect me.”

“I scored it for Henderson. I thought he won the first round maybe 10-8. I think at least one of the judges should have given him a 10-8, I don’t know why that wasn’t even a thought, and then the second round, I thought he won, yes, he was getting pitter pattered most of the round, but he almost finished the fight again in the second round, then he dropped him again. I think if you almost finish the fight you win the round, it doesn’t matter how long you were losing the round. He was never in danger in the second round so I thought he won that round. Then I also thought he won the fifth round.”

“It was kind of weird to see these guys fighting and that was the for the championship belt, and that was the champion in my weight class. He’s out there and he’s struggling, it wasn’t an impressive performance at all, and he wanted to go out there and really show he’s the true champ of the MW division. He got the fight he wanted, which was crazy that he got that fight, and that’s the way he looked. It’s a little embarrassing.”

Chris Weidman fights Yoel Romero at UFC 205 on November 12, 2016, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Winner gets a shot at the title. Or maybe the next title shot goes to the winner of the Luke Rockhold vs. Ronaldo Souza rematch at UFC Fight Night 101 on November 27, 2016. Or maybe it will go to a returning Georges St-Pierre.