Michael Bisping Calls For ‘Bums’ Chris Weidman & Luke Rockhold To Fight

Ex-UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has his sights fixed on current division king Michael Bisping, but odds are he won’t be getting that fight anytime soon. Rockhold comes off a second round TKO win over former World Series Of Fighting (WSOF) dual-weight champ David Branch this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 116 from Pittsburgh. […]

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Ex-UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has his sights fixed on current division king Michael Bisping, but odds are he won’t be getting that fight anytime soon.

Rockhold comes off a second round TKO win over former World Series Of Fighting (WSOF) dual-weight champ David Branch this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 116 from Pittsburgh. After the fight, Rockhold called out former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and urged him to pull out of his upcoming 185-pound title fight against “The Count,” a bout he labeled as his fight:

Bisping got the opportunity to respond to Rockhold’s comments on “TUF Talk” last night (Wed. September 20, 2017), and instead suggested that the Californian set his sights on former middleweight champion Chris Weidman. The Englishman suggested that the pair of ‘bums’ duke it out and ‘claw’ their way back to the top of the middleweight scene (quotes via MMA Junkie):

“It’s a good job that (Rockhold) looks good, because he obviously can’t add up,” Bisping said. “Because 15 months? I fought less than a year ago. He hasn’t fought since I knocked him out in three minutes – yes, three minutes – out cold.

“Then he comes back. He fights – who was it, David Branch? Never heard of him. You should go and rematch Chris Weidman – (they’re) a couple of bums. Try and claw your way back to the top.”

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Manager: Chris Weidman vs. Jacare Souza ‘Might’ Be Next

A pivotal middleweight fight could very well take place in the Octagon before the year’s end. According to Gilberto Faria, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza’s manager, a bout between “Jacare” and former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman ‘might’ be next: “I believe that Weidman might be the next fight, in late-December or early-January, if that’s a good […]

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A pivotal middleweight fight could very well take place in the Octagon before the year’s end.

According to Gilberto Faria, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza’s manager, a bout between “Jacare” and former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman ‘might’ be next:

“I believe that Weidman might be the next fight, in late-December or early-January, if that’s a good date for the UFC to book this fight,” Faria told MMA Fighting. “When we get closer to that date, we’ll see more clearly what the options are for Jacare’s next opponent.”

Souza is coming off of a brutal stoppage loss to interim 185-pound champion Robert Whittaker this past April. Prior to that, he had won two straight and 10 of his previous 11 fights. The Brazilian grappling guru is expected to return to training in the coming weeks after undergoing pectoral surgery shortly after his loss to Whittaker.

Weidman, on the other hand, was riding a disappointing three-fight losing streak that included losses to Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero and Gegard Mousasi prior to his most recent fight. He last competed at UFC on FOX 25 this past July on Long Island, scoring a much-needed submission victory over Kelvin Gastelum.

With middleweight champion Michael Bisping set to defend his title against Georges St. Pierre at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 and Whittaker dealing with an injury, is this a fight you’d like to see?

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Manager: Chris Weidman May be Jacare Souza’s Next Fight

Could Chris Weidman vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza be in the cards soon? A clash between Weidman and Souza always felt inevitable. The “All-American” is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title holder. Souza has been feared for his ground game and improved stand-up abilities. While the two have had setbacks, they are still likely […]

Could Chris Weidman vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza be in the cards soon? A clash between Weidman and Souza always felt inevitable. The “All-American” is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title holder. Souza has been feared for his ground game and improved stand-up abilities. While the two have had setbacks, they are still likely […]

Weidman on Moving up in Weight: ‘It Would Have to be The Right Thing’

Chris Weidman isn’t moving up in weight yet, but it is something he’d consider. “The All-American” is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title holder. After losing three straight bouts, Weidman left no doubt that he’s still a viable adversary with a submission win over Kelvin Gastelum. Weidman recently spoke to Flo Combat and […]

Chris Weidman isn’t moving up in weight yet, but it is something he’d consider. “The All-American” is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title holder. After losing three straight bouts, Weidman left no doubt that he’s still a viable adversary with a submission win over Kelvin Gastelum. Weidman recently spoke to Flo Combat and […]

Chris Weidman: I Can’t Take Michael Bisping Seriously

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has received quite a bit of criticism from his fellow 185 pounders. Since winning the title with a shocking knockout of Luke Rockhold in June 2016, Bisping has only defended it once, scoring a decision win over Dan Henderson, who was ranked outside of the top 10 at the time, […]

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UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has received quite a bit of criticism from his fellow 185 pounders.

Since winning the title with a shocking knockout of Luke Rockhold in June 2016, Bisping has only defended it once, scoring a decision win over Dan Henderson, who was ranked outside of the top 10 at the time, last October.

Now, “The Count” will take on another fighter ranked outside of the top 10. In fact, he’ll take on a fighter who has never competed at middleweight, as he’s set to meet former longtime welterweight king Georges St. Pierre at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 in New York City.

One middleweight contender who has gone back-and-forth with Bisping in the media is Chris Weidman, and the ex-champion recently discussed the rivalry, while adding in the fact that he simply can’t take the Brit seriously:

“I’m sure it will be,” Weidman told Submission Radio when asked if running into the champion would be ‘weird.’ “I don’t care. I really can’t get mad at anything Bisping says and I can’t take him seriously. I mean, listen, if the guy comes in my face and he’s screaming, we’re probably gonna end up fighting. But I don’t think – if he really wants to do that type of thing, he’s looking for a fight, I mean, if he comes in my face and creates a problem, there’s going to be a problem, but I’m not looking for a problem with the guy. I don’t really care.”

As far as Bisping’s fight with St. Pierre goes, Weidman, like many other middleweights, feels as if it’s a fight that is holding up the division:

“It’s a crazy thing. I feel this whole thing is probably going to hold up the division for a long time if it works out that way. The way it looks like right now and the possibilities of how long it could take before opportunities for the guys to fight for the belt, it looks a little crazy right now. So hopefully things change a little bit and hopefully they will, cause I know Whittaker’s injured pretty long, I know he has a bad knee surgery, so I don’t know when he’s going to be back.

“And then you got GSP and Bisping. I mean, GSP hasn’t fought in four years and he’s been out for a while, so who knows until when he’d be ready if he was to win to fight again. And then you have Bisping, who also really hasn’t fought too much since he’s had the belt, you know? So I don’t know when even they would fight Whittaker, and then the winner of that, when are you actually gonna fight them, barring injury or not. So it’s a weird weight class right now, so I really don’t know. This whole thing is out of my control, so I just gotta sit back and worry about myself and see what happens.”

What do you make of Weidman’s comments?

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Chris Weidman ‘Would Consider’ Jump To Light Heavyweight

After suffering three consecutive losses to Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero and Gegard Mousasi, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman finally got back to his winning ways last month in the main event of UFC on FOX 25, submitting Kelvin Gastelum on Long Island. Weidman remains one of the division’s top contenders, although a path back […]

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After suffering three consecutive losses to Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero and Gegard Mousasi, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman finally got back to his winning ways last month in the main event of UFC on FOX 25, submitting Kelvin Gastelum on Long Island.

Weidman remains one of the division’s top contenders, although a path back to a title shot isn’t completely clear at the moment. Champion Michael Bisping hasn’t defended his title since last October, but he’s set to take on returning former longtime welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 217 on Nov. 4, 2017. The winner of that fight will likely take on interim titleholder Robert Whittaker.

While Weidman admitted that he’d ready to replace either Bisping or St. Pierre if need be, he also said that he ‘would consider’ a jump up to light heavyweight:

“My goal is to be the champ and there’s no way of me getting to have the belt for two years or more just based on other people taking their time with taking fights,” Weidman told Submission Radio. “It’s a weird place to be, it’s not interesting. I mean, if 185 doesn’t like, things don’t change, I want to maybe think about possibly going to 205. So if there’s a clear picture to a title at 205, then I would consider that. Let’s see, maybe Bisping or maybe GSP gets injured, I don’t know, and then I’ll be ready to go for November and Bisping won’t be able to scatter away from a guy like me. So that would be something that would work out for me nice for me. I’m in New York, I’m ready to go.”

Weidman has discussed a potential move up in weight in the past, and given the scarcity of the light heavyweight division, now might be the best time.

What are your thoughts on Weidman’s comments?

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