("God, I hope he didn’t drink out of my water bottle before I sat down.")
Michael Bisping was asked today by MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani to give his thoughts on fellow UK fighter Paul Daley‘s post-UFC 113 attack of opponent Josh Koscheck and let’s just say that "The Count" was much less supportive of his countryman than expected.
"What can I say? It was one of the stupidest things that I have ever seen. Paul’s a very talented young man, he’s got a bright future ahead of him and he was getting his UFC career off to a fantastic start and it’s a shame to see a few seconds of madness ruin such a great potential career," Bisping told Helwani. "But this is a professional sport and we’re professional sportsman, you can’t act like that. I, myself, have done years and years of interviews and things like that, talking about how we’re not thugs, we’re professional athletes, we’re martial artists. Behavior like that just plays into stereotypes. It’s just a bit of a shame, really."
Bisping admitted that the news that Daley had been let go by the promotion caught him off guard, but says he wouldn’t be surprised if UFC president Dana White reconsiders the decision somewhere down the road and brings "Semtex" back to the Octagon.
"I’m not saying I agree with letting him go, no. To be honest, I was a little shocked when I heard that the UFC were cutting him completely. I thought, maybe, he might be relegated to the undercard, but I’m sure they have their reasons," said Bisping. "You know, I try to stay out of it and I just focus on my fight and my career, you know? Who knows? Maybe we’ll see him back one day. I hope so. I’ve known Paul for a while. He’s a nice guy. He just made a silly mistake."