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‘TUF 14 Finale’ Video: Michael Bisping Not Such a Bad Guy, Claims Michael Bisping


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Despite Jason Miller‘s basic-cable cred, Michael Bisping will be the biggest UFC star to compete at the TUF 14 Finale on Saturday night. He’s also one of the biggest villains on the UFC roster — a fighter who fans love to hate. To some extent, you can blame that on reality show editing, which Bisping in fact does, starting at the 10:18 mark of this video interview. But he’s also been responsible for some real-life behavior that’s just nasty and wrong. Like Josh Koscheck, the villain persona that has been hoisted on Bisping seems to be an exaggerated version of what’s already there.

In this 20-minute pre-fight chat, Ariel Helwani gets the Count’s thoughts on his fight with Mayhem Miller, and attempts to reconcile Michael Bisping the bully character with Michael Bisping the human being. Here’s a cheat sheet…

— The smaller scale of the TUF 14 Finale doesn’t feel any different to him than his bigger fights, though it’s a bit of a disappointment not to be on a big PPV card.

— Six of Bisping’s last seven opponents have gone to the hospital afterwards, and Mayhem will be heading there as well.

— He doesn’t like being considered a “bad boy,” and has done nothing to purposefully play up that image. He’s often said things out of emotion that he regrets later.

— Haters hate on the Internet. In person, they show love.

— He’s happy as a pig in shit, most of the time.

— The footage of Bisping acting like a nice person in this episode was left on the cutting room floor, which annoyed him.

— “Mutual respect” is probably the wrong way to describe the relationship between Bisping and Miller.

— Bisping would be happy to meet Chael Sonnen in his next fight. He’s never ducked anybody in his career, unlike Nate Marquardt, who Bisping claims ducked him twice.

— Steroids are “a massive problem” in MMA, and he knows that a lot of fighters use them. He also questions the idea that alpha-male MMA fighters would need testosterone therapy. (At 16:15, he thinks of something funny related to sex-changes, but doesn’t say it. Good man, you’re learning.) Of course, the two things are linked: “When you abuse steroids, that does affect your natural production of testosterone, hence, therefore, if you need testosterone replacement therapy…I would say that the people taking that have been abusing steroids in the past and therefore have low testosterone.”

— Bisping knows for a fact that his camp didn’t leak any information to Miller, but he couldn’t care less even if they had. Mayhem could watch Bisping’s training himself and it wouldn’t make a difference in their fight.

— Bisping’s prediction for the fight: “I’m going to beat him in all areas.”

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lightsout227- December 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm
i have 2 words for bisping or how ever u spell his fuckin name.... ASSHOLE
fatbellyfrank- December 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm
@ Ironclad, yeah, this guy is the complete douchenozzle, under Fuckhead in the dictionary they just have his photo
IronClad- December 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm
*fans.
IronClad- December 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm
So who saw the weigh in's? God damn...not only did Joe Rogan call Bisping out as to why he still wonders why he doesnt have funs, but the UFC straight up posted it on Facebook stating "weign-ins before Bisping curses at the crowd". No more protection for Bisping, UFC has had it wit this guy. You start publicly hating on fans, at the weigh ins no less and you just done fucked your self, mate.
XENOPHON- December 3, 2011 at 9:51 am
....fuck that Canadian Arab, and his over-confident Brit guest. Bottom line is that both Miller and Bisping are second tier talent. Neither will ever wear the belt, unless something like the freakish Frank Mir car crash takes place.
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Both fighters are at about the same level of talent (both have big holes in their games) and lack the toughness and talent of their peers. Aside from a likely even fight, it's clearly apparent both are in it for the money - not the pride.
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It's that pride (some have, others don't) that raises the bar when talking about Dan Henderson, Anderson Silva, Bas Rutten, and too many others to name. As for these two cats in the interview. Thumbs down at ever turn.
Todd M- December 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm
First off Seraldo that was hilarious, well done. Second, Bisping is a prick, I'm sure he is 'nice' in person or in interviews but it is not hard to see his true side when he interacts with other people. The dude is a bully and a piss weak one at that, he loves the stare downs these days doesn't he? Headbutting Dan Miller and Mayhem recently, funny because when he weighed in with Wandy he reached out to shake hands and wanted no parts of a staredown with a real tough guy. Mayhem said it best Bisping is insecure and he projects this on others with his childish taunts and general bad sportsmanship. I hope Mayhem can get the win this weekend, but either way we will see the 'Cunt' get his soon enough, there is only so many 'Contendors' he can decision before he has to fight a real threat of the division.
FightZen- December 2, 2011 at 6:08 pm
Um... Ariel's Canadian. If you've ever watched more that this video, you'd probably know he still has a Canadian accent.
MMAExpertNewb- December 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm
I've got to admit it. He definitely tilted the needle more towards me liking him in this interview. He seemed genuine and made some good points. Yes, he's more of a jerk than I am, but he deals with a lot more emotional situations than I do and out of context it all seems worse than it is.
SnakeJake- December 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm
He wasn't that bad on TUF 3 was he? I've always kinda like Bisping, but maybe that's because I'm European.
bgoldstein- December 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm
@ k-onda: I noticed that too. He also pronounced against as "aGAYnst," which seemed like another attempt to do a British dialect.

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Seraldo Babalu- December 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm
he gets interviewed on the left side so he doesn't fall asleep
k-onda- December 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm
"On the pitch?!!?" Ariel? really? Please, you're an American, talk like one. It's a field. It's a field, a truck, an elevator, a cigarette, an eraser and the trunk. Holy shit.
Iskander Neptu- December 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm
Every asshole truly believes that deep down he's an ok dude it's human nature. These feeble PR efforts only make it worse for Pissbing.
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Embrace your inner heel asshole, like Koschek.
Sakuraba3900- December 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm
lol ^^^
Bandy13- December 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm
I am more than positive joe son thinks he is a nice guy as well.
Sakuraba3900- December 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm
Ive met with Bisping a few times through work and the guy is honestly nothing like he is portrayed on the show. Hes really nice and all about his fans. Hell, Ive seen the guy pull $20 out of his wallet to pay for a fans shirt because they wouldn't give the guy a discount. Its a shame so many people have this terrible misconception about him.
RaginAsian- December 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm
I bet I know who that 7th non-hospitalized opponent is. It rhymes with Han Fenderson.
TheWarsawExpress- December 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Bisping knows that being an asshole makes him get rich.
agentsmith- December 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm
"The footage of Bisping acting like a nice person in this episode was left on the cutting room floor, which annoyed him."
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I like how he can remember a specific time when he acted like a nice guy. If it's that easy to edit out the the rare times when you're a nice guy, then you're probably an asshole.
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