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Michael Bisping Already Planning to Blame Coaches if He Loses to Alan Belcher


(“Are you not entertained?” Rest assured, Mike, we most certainly are. / Photo via Getty Images)

Jack Brown has been turning out consistently interesting question and answer sessions for our friends over at MixedMartialArts.com recently and his latest, with Michael Bisping, is definitely worth a read. Brown has the British superstar discuss everything from past opponents and performances, to his childhood and his own young family.

For the most part, Bisping seems to open himself up, remove himself from his usual shtick, ie. the finest in British dickishness, and reveal himself as interesting. There is one particular moment in the conversation that Bisping becomes the Mike we’ve all grown to love, ie. the finest in British dickishness.

No, we’re not talking about when Bisping continues to bash the man – Vitor Belfort – who just crushed him with ease, as a “boring bastard.” That’s funny, Michael, because your head kick KO loss to Belfort was pretty exciting to watch for everyone else…

In any case, the part of Brown’s excellent interview with Bisping that stands out the most is when the middleweight discusses his next opponent, Alan Belcher. Apparently not aware that Belcher has a better record at middleweight than he, and that Bisping himself has lost two out of his last three while Belcher has won four out of his last five fights, the Brit does not think his American foe is any good.

Belcher is so horrible, in fact, that Bisping already knows who he will blame should he lose to him. No, he won’t blame himself – that would be too easy and make too much sense.

“If I lose, there is something seriously wrong. I’ve told my coaches that if I don’t win, you’re all f__ing fired because you’re doing something wrong,” Bisping said.

That must have lit a motivating fire under the collective ass of Bisping’s miserable coaches. Talk to a hundred MMA fighters, and you’ll probably get 85-90 of them saying one of the reasons they love participating in this particular sport is because winning or losing is all on you. You’re success and failure doesn’t depend on a teammate botching a pass from you or committing a foul or going off sides, this writer has been told countless times.

If you win, you can enjoy the fruit of your hard work, and if you lose, you have no one to blame but yourself. Bisping’s attitude is an interesting inversion of that healthy attitude.

Mike would remind those fighters that, sure, it is all up to you, except for, you know, TRT, science, judges, the moon’s position in the sky, etc.

Point is, there is always someone to blame when you’re not good enough to beat the guy in front of you, according to Bisping. For his sake, we hope that Bisping’s advance excuse-making and underestimating of Belcher isn’t getting in the way of his training for the fight. Can’t imagine how it could be.

- Elias Cepeda

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MaritalArtist- March 31, 2013 at 2:12 pm
Bisping can still get a MW title shot, but it will take a win over belcher, and another win over a top-5 guy.
danomite- March 31, 2013 at 2:12 pm
Well he kinda has a point. If he doesn't beat Belcher, he probably should change things up.
algiersheadkick504- March 31, 2013 at 1:51 pm
I'm pretty sure it was just an exaggerated joke...waste of an article .in other IMPORTANT news gusstaffsen might be out of his fight
realfighterfan- March 31, 2013 at 11:50 am
Bisping is a joke and overrated. belcher will chase him down and Ko his a'ss
bitteralex- March 31, 2013 at 11:02 am
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that Bisping was just trying to provide an interesting answer to a question that's been asked a thousand times. Obviously if he really feels that way, he is, in fact, a dick, but I really think you're reaching here- trying to stir up drama when there really isn't any. Not the most intelligent thing to say, no, but atleast his answers aren't GDP-level generic answers. But, it's good to see CP's continuing Bisping hate! Keep up the good work guys!
OurWorld- March 31, 2013 at 10:12 am
Can I have my 2 minutes back? that was a complete hack job excuse for an article. Amateurish at best, I wrote better articles in kindergarten. Don't quit your day job.
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