Michael Bisping made a successful first defence of his middleweight championship in the early hours of Sunday morning, sending the legendary Dan Henderson into retirement following a points win at the Manchester Arena.
Although it was a controversial decision to conclude the UFC 204 event, Bisping wasted little time in hitting out at his doubters and the critics.
In the build-up to the fight, numerous middleweights such as Chris Weidman and Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza hit out at The Count’s choice of opponent, as Hendo was nowhere near contention and didn’t deserve a title match ahead of them.
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Bisping reiterated that this was more than an ‘easy’ defence for him, as he wanted to exact revenge from their first encounter back at UFC 100 when Henderson knocked him out cold.
Following the announcement of his victory, Bisping praised his opponent and didn’t hold back in hitting out at the other top four middleweight stars.
He said: “Listen, I know people spoke and said, you know, he’s not the number one contender or anything.
CALLING OUT THE MIDDLEWEIGHTS
“This guy knocked me out cold, worst knockout in UFC history. The jitters that I had this week, it’s all well and good having bravado but when you step in here…look at my face for crying out loud. You know what this guy can do, that took a lot of courage for me to do that. I’m not bigging myself up, well, I guess I am.
“Forgive my language, all you f*****g c**k s******s in the rest of the division. Weidman, what the hell, you lost your last fight. I’ve had three fights since you got your ass kicked off 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 off Yoel!
“All of you, win a fight, get off the couch and f*****g let’s do this.”
A fired-up Bisping will certainly be tuning into the historic UFC 205 card on November 12.
Headlined by Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor, Weidman and Romero will do battle, and the winners could end up getting a middleweight title shot against the reigning champion.
Not only that, Rockhold and Jacare will meet inside the Octagon on November 27 in another fight that will shake up the middleweight division, and give Bisping more big challenges.
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