We’re in a weird and often cruel sport where champs can dominate and crush all before them, and yet in a split second they’re suddenly defeated by someone who never in a million years should have beaten them.
Such is the case with Chris Weidman, who destroyed the greatest ever in Anderson Silva, beat back some challengers, and then fell to Luke Rockhold. But then Rockhold got smoked by late-replacement Michael Bisping – a fighter who never would’ve fought for the belt if not for a training injury sustained by Weidman – and we’re now in a world where the champ maybe isn’t the best in the world.
That’s a tough pill for Weidman to swallow.
“It’s a little embarrassing to say that Michael Bisping is the champ,” Weidman told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour today. Weidman admitted that Bisping won the title fair and square by leaving Rockhold a dazed pile of handsomeness on the canvas. However… “Before that, he was in the UFC for how long and he never even fought for the belt.”
Maybe there’s some bitterness there based on Bisping pushing for a Dan Henderson fight instead of a Weidman match-up, but the Long Island native does have a point.
Said Weidman, “I never thought he was championship material.”