Michael Bisping has lashed out over drugs cheats in the UFC, with the British fighter having lost to Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva - all confirmed drug cheats.
Speaking to MMAJunkie.com, Bisping spoke of how he felt like he was at a disadvantage throughout his fights with the three drug cheats and lambasted the drug testing policies used previously.
Urine tests weren't enough
“They weren't clean. We all know they weren’t f–king clean. They’ve only just started doing blood tests. People have been taking (human) growth hormone and EPO and all kinds of s–t for years. A urine sample will only show certain things, and people know when to come off stuff. It’s an IQ test. The blood test they do now will catch more people because they’re testing for more things, but they didn't do that before."
The Middleweight fighter lost to Silva in 2010 and Sonnen in 2012 via decision and Belfort in 2013 via TKO, with all three stalling his chances at a title shot.
“It’s disgusting to me that people do that,” Bisping said. “I know they've done it, Chael did it, he admitted it, Wanderlei, Vitor – in hindsight maybe I should have insisted on blood tests through camp or whatever, but hindsight is a great thing afterwards.”
With Silva and Sonnen given long-term suspensions by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Belfort is the only one is active and will actually fight Chris Weidman for the UFC Middleweight title later on this year, but Bisping says the Brazilian will be a completely different fighter.
“Vitor is not going to be the same,” Bisping said. “You can already see it. His physique looks remarkably different already. Of course, since this all kicked off in when he got tested, he’s obviously been clean since then, and that was six, seven months ago and you can see the difference. It’s going to be very interesting when you see Vitor at the weigh-in (at UFC 181 against Chris Weidman) and you see his physique compared to the last few times he’s fought and the guy looked like he was in a bodybuilding contest.”
Looking forward, not backwards
Bisping is still focused on Bisping though and will fight Cung Le in Macau, China later on this month as he attempts to recover from another loss in his last fight - a unanimous decision loss to Tim Kennedy back in April.
“Today I was the first one to the gym. I was f–king kicking pads while people were just chatting away about what they had for dinner last night. Now the next class is halfway through and I’ve only just f–king finished. I do it the hard way and I work my f–king ass off."