Could Michael Bisping Really Fight Daniel Cormier at Light Heavyweight?
UFC middleweight champion Michael “The Count” Bisping has become well known for his trash talk and ability to sell a fight, with the Englishman throwing numerous barbs at his opponent’s such as Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson in the lead-up to their fights. Bisping is set to take on mixed martial arts welterweight legend Georges “Rush” St-Pierre at UFC 217 and has hinted that he may retire following the bout.
That is, of course, if he isn’t able to secure a fight for the light heavyweight title before he departs the octagon forever.
Having competed in the UFC for over a decade, Bisping certainly has earned his stripes as one of the top strikers in the promotion.
Now he has revealed in an episode of his podcast, “Believe You Me” that light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has been calling him out.
“Speaking of guys that think they can take me – which of course when I say this, most people are gonna think he can take me – I was working with Daniel Cormier at the weekend and. . . All he kept talking about all weekend was, ‘Mike, I want to fight you next. I want to fight you.’ On air, off air, at the hotel, constantly. He was like, ‘Mike, I will break you within five minutes.’ Dude, are you crazy? Do you really believe that?” Bisping said on the podcast.
“I don’t know if he’s joking or if he’s serious, but if he is serious, I’ll fight him next even though I said last week I’m gonna retire. I would fight Daniel Cormier because that would be a huge fight. DC is a great guy, he’s hilarious, hell of a fighter and he seems to be targeting a fight with me. So DC, if you’re serious, which I kind of think you are, then yeah, screw it, if only to annoy everyone in the world I will, again, fight somebody who doesn’t fight at middleweight.”
Cormier’s last bout was against Jon “Bones” Jones, in which he lost by way of a head kick knockout. The result was recently overturned to a no contest when it was revealed that Jones had tested positive for performance-enhancing substances. Bisping began his tenure in the UFC as a light heavyweight in 2006 before later moving down to middleweight in 2008.
“I used to fight at 205, Dan. I was 15-0 so be careful what you wish for,” he added.
Whether or not he is able to take on an opponent the calibre of Daniel Cormier is anyone’s guess, but that question could be answered following Bisping’s fight against St-Pierre on November 4th at Madison Square Garden in New York.
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