MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Michael Bisping Asshole Quote of the Day: “No One Cares About Little Flyweights”


(“He didn’t mean it, Ian. Come on. You’re a star in my eyes, bro.” / Photo via Steve Mitchell/US PRESSWIRE)

Michael Bisping is an asshole. He’s a tremendous asshole, and he makes no apologies for it. Sometimes, his assholishness is undeniably entertaining — like when he recently described Hector Lombard as a “poison dwarf” whose mother smoked while she was pregnant. And sometimes he’s just a dick, straight up.

Case in point — at UFC 152 on September 22nd in Toronto, Bisping is fighting Brian Stann in a bout that could have title implications in the middleweight division. Technically, it’s the co-main event that night, supporting the UFC’s first-ever flyweight championship fight between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson. (Whenever there’s a title match on a UFC card, it automatically gets main-event status, regardless of the relative popularity of those headliners compared to the card’s supporting players.) Anyway, here’s Bisping trying to sell his fight against Stann during an appearance on FuelTV on Saturday:

In my opinion, and I think in most people’s, this is the main event. This is the real main event. Two big hard hitting guys. No one cares about little flyweights, this is the real main event, this is the real big fight, tune in cause someone’s getting knocked out, ain’t going to be me though.”

To say that “nobody” cares about “little” flyweights is both an exaggeration and a bit insulting. Some people do care about the 125-pound division, and having the two best flyweights in the world headline a pay-per-view is the kind of thing that UFC needs to do in order to build more interest in that weight class. (And yes Mike, you’re taller than Joseph and Demetrious; go ahead and pat yourself on the back.) Also, does Bisping really need to diminish other guys in the promotion in order to hype his own fight? I understand why he’d want to talk shit on Lombard, but publicly dissing the UFC’s newest weight division doesn’t do the company any favors from a business standpoint.

Then again…through his assholishness, Bisping manages to raise a valid point. Do all title fights deserve to get main-event status by default, when there are other fights on the card that would draw more attention? (Keep in mind that UFC 152 also features Rory MacDonald vs. BJ Penn, which is a more exciting matchup to me than Benavidez/Johnson or Bisping/Stann.)

Hardcore UFC fans will know that there are at least three interesting fights leading the UFC 152 lineup. But if you’re a casual fan and you just see “UFC 152: Benavidez vs. Johnson” on your cable listings, that probably won’t mean much to you — certainly not enough to shell out $55 on the spur of the moment. Like it or not, the main event has a significant impact on the overall interest level for a given card, and if that affects how many people turn out to see Michael Bisping fight Brian Stann, then the Count has a right to be salty about it.

What do you guys think? Does Benavidez vs. Johnson really deserve to be UFC 152′s main event? And when it comes to your interest level in MMA, how much does size matter?

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JudgeHolden- July 24, 2012 at 3:24 pm
"How much does size matter in MMA?"

Honestly, it's not even a consideration for me. I am the kind of MMA fan who enjoys competitive, technical fights. People watch MMA for different reasons, and I personally prioritize "skilled martial arts competition" over "violent spectacle." Isn't that what makes the UFC more worthwhile than Toughman Contests, or those backyard Kimbo Slice brawls, or just watching snuff films? Isn't that also what makes a fighter like Anderson Silva more interesting to watch than Tank Abbott?

I would much rather watch two evenly matched, skilled flyweights compete for 25 minutes of back and forth action than watch Cheick Kongo lay on Shawn Jordan, or Frank Mir's fight with Crocop. Bigger fighters do not automatically perform better than smaller fighters, and they certainly don't always put on more spectacular fights.

One of the main reasons for the apparent aversion toward smaller weight classes is simply that Flyweight, Bantamweight, and Featherweight are historically new to the UFC. Several years back, fans were also opposed to adding a Lightweight division. Give it some time. People will come around.
cman- July 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm
Bisping vs miller should not be a main event. Neither fighter is relavent in title implications nor should be.
Point made.
dk- July 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm
Dear Mr Bisping I would rather watch to small people try to knock each other out than and average bloke play the points game. PS suck it.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm
Michael "better check THE COUNT on the judges scorecards to see who won the decision" Bisping
Mr_Misanthropy- July 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm
Beshpehng vs. a pack of angry Cockney dwarves, stat. The dwarves are allowed shillelaghs and spontoons.
Whitemare- July 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm
Get over It hes british, people dont understand thats the way it is over there people dont hold back any words even the women
weedrulz15- July 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm
I agree that MacDonald vs Penn would probably make a better main event. Additionally, Ian McCall creeps me out.
theworldsoldestsport- July 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm
doesn't bisping hold the record for most punches landed but with no knockdowns or ko's in the UFC?

he should drop to flyweight, he might knock someone out in that division.
monkeyknuckler- July 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm
These little guys belong on a horse, not in the cage.
uzitotinbaby- July 23, 2012 at 11:50 am
The funniest part is his implication that he and Stann ARE a PPV main event worthy fight. FX, sure, maybe even a FOX event, but not a PPV. Bisping lost every time he faced a top middelweight. Kang, Akiyama, and Leben are decent wins, but come on Count, PPV headliner? Get real.
jjrdias- July 23, 2012 at 11:39 am
Maybe Bisping should just lie and say some PC bullshit like 90 percent of the roster, while thinking something else altogether. Why criticize fakers and liars? Let's just crucify a guy who's got the balls to speak his mind instead of opting for the snaky PC approach - "The UFC'll never have a problem with a DUI from me"... In the end, it's the hatred the guy generates that gives him ever-increasing paychecks. Keep hatin'. He'll take that hatred right to the bank.
FightZen- July 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm
^^^ Butter toothed brit
smellypiratehooker- July 23, 2012 at 11:12 am
Bruce Lee was in many peoples minds the greatest martial artist of all time. He was believed to weigh around 155-160 around his death. So with a a weight cut, it is not unreasonable to believe that he could make 145 if he were alive now and hypothetically fighting in the UFC. I wonder if Bisping would have his complaints about him as a main event.
neanderdude- July 23, 2012 at 11:11 am
Never been a fan of MMMA.
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- July 23, 2012 at 10:50 am
Well I, for one, disagree with Bitchsping. Talent and skill don't have anything to do with size. Some of these guys are probably awesome and will put on a hell of a fight. I really would rather see to little guys fight an awesome action packed fight than see big guys lay on each other like a cheap Homo porn flick. But if you guys want to see bigger guys put on lack luster fights and skip the action of the little guys well then that is your lose. Don't let me hear you talk about a boring fight again in any heavier weight class or I am gonna call your ass out Bitches! Just remember that silva fight were the loser kept flopping on his back. Wow that was awesome wasn't it?
geohutch88- July 23, 2012 at 10:32 am
Whike he is a major ass Bisbing is right on this one. I'm going to go a step further and say any fight under 155 doesnt need to be a ppv main event. Not cuz i don't care about those weights but because that means i'm buying something i used to get for free, remember WEC wreckage? Also tho I don't care about flyweight. Who cares that they are the "best in the world" when they are in a weight class that has barely any talent and is housed by dude th size of middle schoolers?
snakey- July 23, 2012 at 10:00 am
Viva Hate is correct. At this point people:
1. Don't know most of this new division
2. Much prefer light, middle, welter, light/heavy weight divisions
3. Don't see the division at the same standard as the established divisions


Case in point, I was at the Johnson McCall fight in Sydney for FX2. Though the fight was exciting, it felt a bit novel as they perform so differently to the heavier weights. Some of the crowd were chanting "Umpa-lumpas" and McCall's behaviour in showboating when he hadn't wo was unprofessional and took away a potential win.

Lets be real, Bisping is pretty much on the money on this one, whether you agree with how he delivers it or not.
Fletch the V Stretch- July 23, 2012 at 9:27 am
Bisping is a complete moron. Luckily for him he never headlines cards and people don't care enough about him to even listen to the words he speaks. "This is the real big fight, tune in cause someone’s getting knocked out, ain’t going to be me though." Who has Bisping ever knocked out? That is the equivalent of saying "tune in to see dragons and unicorns accompany me during my walk out." It ain't gonna happen. As a matter of fact Bisping, if you and the term "knocked out" are ever mentioned in the same sentence, there is a 100% chance the Dan Henderson is also in the same sentence.
uzitotinbaby- July 23, 2012 at 9:25 am
I second that, Scroteus. Bisping is a twat. If he wants top billing he should figure out how to actually beat a Top 10 middleweight.
bgoldstein- July 23, 2012 at 8:58 am
@ Viva Hate: Touché, buddy.
scroteus- July 23, 2012 at 8:26 am
Why is Bisping such a cornhole.I'm 6'4" 265lb and love watching those little bastards. Bisping is a massive twat. Stann by exploding fist to the brainstem in the 2nd.
Viva Hate- July 23, 2012 at 8:24 am
"What do you guys think? Does Johnson vs. McCall really deserve to be UFC 152?s main event?" Well you proved Bispings point, you didn't even care enough to get the UFC 152: Benavidez vs. Johnson main event correct.
MarshmallowMark- July 23, 2012 at 8:17 am
Title fights should ALWAYS be the main event. Title contenders are typically considered THE best in the division... What kind of message would be put out there if the UFC decided to overshadow a fight like Benavidez/Johnson for a fight with no solid title implications like Stann/Bisping?
ksgbobo- July 23, 2012 at 8:10 am
I think title fights should be the main event no matter who else is fighting that night. The other non-title fights can be the co-main event, as it is in this case. Either way, Stann will destroy that redcoat.

In regards to size, the girls I hook up with tell me its a good size. Whatever the hell that means, but I have that going for me.
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