Silva Taunts Bisping, The Champ Responds
The February bout between Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping seems to have happened ages ago, given what Bisping has accomplished since then. Silva, who was on the wrong end of a decision that night, has begun angling for a rematch with the current middleweight king.
The UFC: London main event was a strange fight to say the least: In the third round, Bisping appeared distracted by the loss of his mouth-piece and was knocked down by Silva’s flying knee in the round’s closing moments. Chaos ensued; Silva believed he had finished Bisping, but the Brit had been saved by the bell.
Bisping went on to take the fourth round and win a unanimous decision over Silva.
"The Spider" believes that his loss was the result of hometown favoritism, and he wants another shot at Bisping.
After defeating Silva, Bisping stepped up on short notice to take on middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in June. In one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history, Bisping knocked out Rockhold in the first round to capture his first world title. He later defended his belt against Dan Henderson at UFC 204.
Bisping, never one to turn down the chance to engage in some trash talk, was quick to respond on his own Instagram. He wrote:
"This is only in response to [Anderson Silva]. Your still whining on Instagram about the decision. Saying I ran the whole time and you knocked me out lol. First off, I backed you up the entire fight and dropped you twice, also I clearly out struck you the entire fight. You landed a cheap shot in the third which dropped me at the end of the round, not KO’d me lol. Man, your so used to everyone bowing down to you, your head is messed up. You lost! Deal with it. A true martial artist should have honour and respect in defeat as well as victory. Also they don’t take steroids, you sir are a fake!!!!!"
Bisping’s accusation about steroid use stems from Silva’s failed drug test after UFC 183, which kept him on the shelf until this year.
If Silva wants to earn a shot at the title, he will likely have to get his name back in the win column; "The Spider" followed up his loss to Bisping with a short-notice defeat against light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. The last win on his record dates back to October of 2012.