Bisping Rips Weidman for Manipulating Rules
The hottest topic coming out of UFC 210 was the controversial co-main event, in which Chris Weidman was dealt a TKO loss after being ruled unable to continue following two knees from Gegard Mousasi.
The controversy stems from the knees being first ruled illegal, a decision that was then overturned. The referee halted the fight after the knees landed and told Weidman he had five minutes to recover. Then, replays showed that the knees were actually legal. During the confusion Weidman was on the ground recovering from the shots, and the doctors decided that he could not continue fighting. The fight was called off, despite the fact that it was only stopped in the first place because of the referee’s error.
Of course, one person that couldn’t resist to chime in is middleweight champion Michael Bisping. Speaking on his podcast on Monday, Bisping gave his own recounting of what he saw between two top contenders in the division he reigns.
“The real talking point isn’t whether or not they were sloppy and how s**t Mousasi’s takedown defense was, and, yet again, how sloppy Chris’s striking is,” Bisping said. “The controversy and the talking point is the end of the fight.
“Weidman went in for yet another telegraphed takedown attempt, Mousasi kind of sprawled, kind of had him in a headlock position and from here, Chris tried to manipulate the rules. … If a person has one hand on the floor, in the past that was a downed opponent. What people used to do was, they used to touch the floor with that hand and then they couldn’t be kneed in the face, when realistically, they didn’t need to put that hand on the floor, they were totally manipulating the rules so they couldn’t be kneed.
“At a weigh-in, you try to make weight any way you can. At a fight, you’re supposed to be a man and f**king fight, not manipulate the rules and put one hand on the ground or two hands on the ground. Be a man, stand up, fight, go out there, tooth and nail, bite down on your mouthpiece and lets f**king do this.”
While Bisping acknowledged that there were several mistakes made by the referee and the New York Athletic Commission in their handling of the controversy, he placed the blame on Weidman for "acting" hurt when he believed that he had been illegally kneed. Bisping drew the parralel to his 2016 fight with Anderson Silva: in that bout, Silva kneed Bisping at the bell at the end of the third round when Bisping was trying to signal to the referee that he had lost his mouthpiece. Bisping says that he showed he was a true fighter in that moment, continuing to fight rather than putting on a performance.
“At the end of the day, when those knees were delivered — and they were legal knees, we know that with the benefit of slo-mo replay — Weidman put on a performance,” Bisping said. “He rolled around on the floor. He clutched his head like a six-year-old that bangs his head and wants a Band-Aid from his mommy! He was holding his head like a little kid! ‘Uhhh, mommy, mommy, I’ve hurt my head.’ And then he tumbles back onto his backside and he’s rolling around on the floor looking so sorry for himself.
“I fought Anderson Silva. At the end of the third round, my mouthpiece came out, he dives up in the air, knees me in the face, opens stitches all over my face — I needed about 20 stitches in my face — I’m on the floor. As he kneed me, the buzzer went. Did I roll around on the floor going ‘mummy, mummy, please help.’ No! I got up, wiped the blood off my face, stuck my mouthpiece in, took a breath, had a sip of water, then went back out and fought. I didn’t roll around like a little b**ch on the floor hoping that the commission would give me a win by default. That’s what he did!"