Michael Bisping may not be regarded in the same light as Conor McGregor, when it comes to trash talk, but there aren’t many who can beat “The Count” in this element of the game.
The British fighter has become one of the UFC’s most marketable fighters, not only because of his talents, but his rare ability to prompt boos and cheers with the same sentence. For some, Bisping is a brash, calls-it-like-he-sees-it fighter, who also happens to be one of the best middleweights in the sport. For others, and they usually reside in North America…Bisping is a big mouthed, blow-hard, who has come up short in his biggest fights.
Well, whether you believe the former or the latter, or perhaps you’re on the fence, chances are you’re excited to see Bisping scrap Anderson Silva on February 27th. The fight is already a massive one in it’s own right, due to what’s at stake, but Bisping has been doing a fine job of promoting it to the ‘can’t miss it’ level.
“He was passive-aggressive and condescending to me but I couldn’t care less because we’re going to fight. But then afterwards, his manager is calling my coach to ask me not to [criticise Anderson].
“The guy is a fake who can speak English but chooses to use a translator. He showed me that he’s too confident at the open workouts by messing around with his friends. Me? I had a solid workout, I’m not messing about.”
Yes, if that sounds familiar, it’s because Silva’s old foe, Chael Sonnen, made similar remarks back in the day. Did it build more interest for the bout? Absolutely. Did it throw Silva off his game? Maybe not.
At the end of the day, if Bisping ends up losing to Silva, or if he defeats him but never wins a UFC belt, there’s no denying that he’s been one of the most influential fighters of the last ten years. Both in the cage and outside of it.
UFC FN 84 will be hosted by London’s O2 Arena.