Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold certainly aren’t showering each other with praise following their fight at UFC 199.
‘The Count’ became Britain’s first ever UFC champion when he took home the middleweight title, having scored a first-round TKO victory over Rockhold.
And the Brit, who was born in Cyprus, is showing no signs of ceasing the endless flow of salt on Rockhold’s wounds, describing the win as the ‘easiest’ of his career.
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Immediately after the bout Rockhold labelled Bisping a ‘dick’ and swore to ‘fucking kill him’, but the new middleweight champ didn’t do himself any favours when he called his opponent a ‘f*ggot’.
Bisping knew he’d overstepped the mark immediately and, as reported by MMA Fighting, followed the comment by saying ‘Oh shit, I shouldn’t have said that. Sorry. Delete that comment…’
Bisping, who only had 17 days to prepare for his first title shot after Chris Weidman withdrew with a neck injury, told FOX Sports 1 that he had no doubts about stepping in at 199.
As reported by MMA Junkie, he said:
The easiest few weeks of my life. (Before I got the call to fight at UFC 199) I was drinking beer on a movie set filming XxX (with) Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson – no big deal. The easiest night of my life, the easiest fight, the easiest camp, the easiest payday. Thank you, Luke.
He may actually be right too.
With the fight over after three minutes, 36 seconds of the first round, the fight was the shortest of his UFC career.
And, with only 21 solid strikes landed it was the second lowest tally of Bisping’s 19 UFC wins – a record that puts ‘The Count’ level with Georges St-Pierre for victories.
Now we just wait and see if he can defend his belt just as easily.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.