Bisping To Makhachev: You Can’t Call Charles Oliveira A Coward

Former UFC champion Michael Bisping vehemently disagrees with Islam Makhachev’s take on Charles Oliveira’s post-UFC 274 callouts. At last weekend’s pay-per-view, Oliveira continued his incredible run of form inside the Octagon. In the main event, “Do Bronx” submitted top contender Justin Gaethje in the very first round. But despite extending his win streak to 11,…

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Former UFC champion Michael Bisping vehemently disagrees with Islam Makhachev’s take on Charles Oliveira’s post-UFC 274 callouts.

At last weekend’s pay-per-view, Oliveira continued his incredible run of form inside the Octagon. In the main event, “Do Bronx” submitted top contender Justin Gaethje in the very first round. But despite extending his win streak to 11, the Brazilian left Phoenix without the title after missing weight.

Nevertheless, Oliveira, like many fans and pundits, still sees himself as the top man at 155 pounds, something he’ll look to further prove by regaining the gold in a vacant championship fight later this year.

Having secured number-one contender status at UFC 274, Oliveira took to the mic to call out former two-division champion Conor McGregor. The 32-year-old has previously expressed his willingness to let McGregor jump the queue to face him. Oliveira’s pursuit of a money fight also saw him mention the name of fan-favorite Nate Diaz.

One man who isn’t happy about Oliveira’s choices is the #3-ranked lightweight Makhachev. Having staked his claim to stand opposite the Brazilian with the vacant strap on the line, the Dagestani accused Oliveira of cowardice for suggesting that he hasn’t earned a title shot whilst calling out the unranked Diaz and 1-3 lightweight McGregor.

Bisping, who knows a thing or two about opting to face a star over worthy contenders having faced middleweight newcomer Georges St-Pierre in 2017, believes it’s ludicrous to label Oliveira as “scared.”

Bisping: Oliveira Is Prize-Fighting, Not Ducking Makhachev

During a recent video uploaded to his YouTube channel, the former middleweight king assessed the situation that the lightweight division finds itself in following the May 7 PPV.

Discussing Makhachev’s latest comments, Bisping shut down any and all claims that Oliveira could be considered a “coward” after fighting three elite contenders back-to-back. For “The Count,” the now-former champ is simply doing what all fighters enter the sport for: prize-fighting.

“He (Makhachev) doesn’t really have a point. You can’t call Charles Oliveira a coward. You can’t call him a coward,” insisted Bisping. “I understand what Charles is doing. Charles, or us, as fighters, we are prizefighters, we wanna get paid. Listen, he has fought all the top guys. You can’t call a man a coward after he’s just beaten Michael Chandler, Dustin Poirier, and Justin Gaethje in a row. You can’t say that.

“That’s three of the best fighters in the division, three of the best fights that we’ve seen in recent memory, and obviously he won all three of them, and he finished all three of them,” Bisping continued. “So what he’s trying to do is trying to get paid. Of course, he’ll get paid anyway, but he wants that mega payday. Diaz or Conor would provide that.”

Bisping also noted that should Oliveira fight and beat the returning McGregor and restore his place on the lightweight throne, top contenders like Makhachev and Beneil Dariush will still be around to challenge him.

“If he beats Conor, which I would favor him to, Beneil’s still gonna be there, Islam’s still gonna be there, all the other fighters, they’re still gonna be there. But the cash cow Conor McGregor might not be around forever… You can’t call Charles Oliveira a coward for wanting to fight Conor McGregor.”

Who would you rather see Charles Oliveira face next, Conor McGregor or Islam Makhachev?

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Michael Bisping Reveals His All-Time Greatest UFC KO

Michael BispingFormer UFC middleweight champion and Hall of Fame inductee, Michael Bisping has revealed his top knockout in the history of the organization – and it may come as somewhat of a shock to some. Michael Bisping, a former undisputed middleweight champion and the victor of The Ultimate Fighter 3, has since turned his hand to […]

Michael Bisping

Former UFC middleweight champion and Hall of Fame inductee, Michael Bisping has revealed his top knockout in the history of the organization – and it may come as somewhat of a shock to some.

Michael Bisping, a former undisputed middleweight champion and the victor of The Ultimate Fighter 3, has since turned his hand to color commentary and analyst work since his May 2018 retirement from professional mixed martial arts. 

Clinching the undisputed 185lb crown in a short notice rematch against two-time foe, Luke Rockhold – Bisping managed to stop the Santa Cruz striker with a massive upset, first round knockout victory at UFC 199 in June 2016.

The outspoken Manchester native would go on to land a sole successful defense of the title, avenging another brutal knockout defeat against sport icon, Dan Henderson in October of that year in a close unanimous decision victory on home soil in Manchester. 

Michael Bisping lists his 10 greatest knockout stoppages in the history of the UFC

Sharing his opinion on the top-10 greatest knockouts we’ve ever seen inside the Octagon, Michael Bisping listed the likes of Amanda Nunes’ finish over Cris Cyborg, Edson Barboza’s stunning wheel kick win over Terry Etim, and Rampage Jackson’s clubbing of Wanderlei Silva – however, listed his own UFC 100 knockout loss to the above mentioned, Henderson as the greatest in the promotion’s antiquity.

Meeting with two-time opponent, former PRIDE FC great, Henderson on the main card of UFC 100, Bisping suffered a brutal, one-punch knockout loss to the veteran power puncher in the second round – before the latter followed up with a thunderous ground strike.

Recounting the massive knockout defeat, Bisping claimed that when he returned backstage following the bout, he had questioned members of his team what had happened – believing that his bout with Henderson was scheduled to take place in three months’ time. 

In his final Octagon outing, Bisping made a quickfire return from his UFC 217 title loss to Georges St-Pierre in a UFC Fight Night Shanghai knockout defeat to Kelvin Gastelum in November 2017.

“I’m Back”: Jake Paul Announces His Targeted Return Date

Mark August 13 in your calendar because Jake Paul will be making his long-awaited return to the boxing ring. Paul announced the date of his sixth professional fight on Twitter earlier today, delivering a simple message to fans; “I’m back.” The 25-year-old’s opponent and the location of the fight are still to be determined. Paul…

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Mark August 13 in your calendar because Jake Paul will be making his long-awaited return to the boxing ring.

Paul announced the date of his sixth professional fight on Twitter earlier today, delivering a simple message to fans; “I’m back.” The 25-year-old’s opponent and the location of the fight are still to be determined.

Paul was last between the ropes in December, when he knocked out Tyron Woodley in their rematch.

Following that fight, his fourth in 11 months, the 25-year-old decided to take a few months off to recuperate and also to promote perhaps the biggest female boxing match in history, Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano, which took place Saturday night. Promoting Serrano, Paul watched ringside as his client lost via split decision—an outcome that cost him $1 million thanks to a bet made with co-promoter Eddie Hearn.

The Search For Paul’s Next Opponent Continues

In the last few months, Paul has been busily campaigning to find an opponent for his next fight, and a number of targets have emerged. The “Problem Child” has called out Michael Bisping, having offered the UFC Hall of Famer in excess of $1 million dollars to meet him in the ring. He’s also angled for a fight with Conor McGregor, even going so far as to propose a deal with UFC President Dana White to make it happen.

Jake Paul Tyron Woodley December
Jake Paul, Tyron Woodley, Credit: AP Photo

These efforts, however, have come to naught. Now, Jake seems to be setting his sights on the 55-year-old Mike Tyson, who has informally expressed interest in the bout. Rumors have also swirled that Anderson Silva could be his next challenger. Another possibility is New Zealand rugby star-turned-boxer Sonny Bill Williams, who earlier this week stated that he’s already in talks with Paul’s representatives.

And then there’s also Tommy Fury, who Paul was originally scheduled to fight in December before injury forced the Englishman to withdraw. But despite Fury picking up a win in his last outing earlier this month, it appears the chance to face the “Problem Child” may have sailed by.

Little impressed by the lack of spectatorship at Fury’s fight, Paul says that he will be watching Silva’s next bout closely to see if the Brazilian is a more worthy next opponent.

Who do you think Jake Paul will face on August 13?

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Michael Bisping Details Justin Gaethje’s Path To Victory Against Charles Oliveira At UFC 274

Justin GaethjeAhead of UFC 274 next weekend, former middleweight champion, turned promotional color-commentator, Michael Bisping has shared his thoughts on the likely path to victory for main event challenger, Justin Gaethje when he tackles lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira. Headlining the Phoenix, Arizona card on May 7. – Gaethje, a former interim lightweight champion, looks to go […]

Justin Gaethje

Ahead of UFC 274 next weekend, former middleweight champion, turned promotional color-commentator, Michael Bisping has shared his thoughts on the likely path to victory for main event challenger, Justin Gaethje when he tackles lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira.

Headlining the Phoenix, Arizona card on May 7. – Gaethje, a former interim lightweight champion, looks to go one better in his second attempt at undisputed lightweight spoils – taking on undisputed best, Oliveira.

The Arizona native opened the main card of UFC 268 most recently at Madison Square Garden in a November showdown against common-foe, Michael Chandler – turning in a unanimous decision win in the consensus Fight of the Year to earn his slot as the #1 ranked contender.

Justin Gaethje has landed wins in five of his last six Octagon appearances

For Sao Paulo native, Oliveira, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sensation headlined UFC 269 in December last, stopping common-opponent, another former interim titleholder, Dustin Poirier with an eventual third round standing rear-naked choke win. 

Sharing his thoughts on how Gaethje could topple the surging Oliveira, snap his division-best 10-fight winning run, and clinch the lightweight title, the above mentioned, Bisping urged Gaethje to avoid any sort of offensive grappling scrambles.

“If he (Justin Gaethje) uses the wrestling, and takes down Charles Oliveira, that could be dangerous,” Michael Bisping said on his YouTube channel. “We know Charles is the best submission practitioner that the UFC has ever seen. But it doesn’t me he (Gaethje) can’t win a fight down there. Just look at the last time Charles Oliveira was beaten, that was against Paul Felder… ultimately, he gassed. Felder got on top and he landed five or six vicious, hard elbows, one after the other, and the referee called it off.” 

“But the point remains, that a good wrestler, with a solid base, that isn’t playing that game, can win,” Michael Bisping said. “If you don’t engage in the Jiu-Jitsu game, if you don’t abide by the rules, if you don’t try and pass guard, if you don’t try and go for your own submissions, you don’t create as many openings.” 

With that strategy in mind, Bisping, who admitted Gaethje would likely avoid any wrestling offense early in the fight, would also be wise to incorporate leg kicks into his approach. 

“Another factor to consider as well: the leg kicks of Justin Gaethje,” Michael Bisping said. “He is one of the best history in the absolute game. A lot power, he throws them with frequency, he will stand in the pocket and throw low kicks all the time… he does it all the time. He has an advantage with the kicks, he has an advantage with the power, and he has an advantage in the wrestling. But Charles Oliveira has an advantage with the Jiu-Jitsu, maybe with the heart, with the experience, maybe the physiological experience coming in as the champion.”

Logan Paul Calls Jake’s Callout Of Bisping ‘Silly’ & A ‘Waste of Breath’

Logan Paul is not on the Jake Paul vs. Michael Bisping bandwagon. The Paul brothers have been making names for themselves in the boxing world. While Logan has been in only three boxing matches, one against Floyd Mayweather, Jake is making his way by fighting former UFC fighters. He is getting a sort of reputation…

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Logan Paul is not on the Jake Paul vs. Michael Bisping bandwagon.

The Paul brothers have been making names for themselves in the boxing world. While Logan has been in only three boxing matches, one against Floyd Mayweather, Jake is making his way by fighting former UFC fighters. He is getting a sort of reputation for facing former UFC fighters and it seems he has a new one in his sights.

Jake Paul recently began a Twitter feud with former UFC champion, now retired fighter Michael Bisping. The two have been throwing verbal shots at one another and could be inching towards an actual fight. Big brother Logan is not on board with this matchup and thinks Jake should be looking elsewhere.

“I felt like that was silly,” Logan said on the ImPaulsive podcast via Irish Mirror. “I wish I would have advised Jake not to do that. It was just a waste of breath. I wish I probably could have told him to not [call Bisping out].”

Bisping last fought in the UFC back in 2017 when he was defeated by Kelvin Gastelum by KO. Since his retirement, Bisping has been doing commentary for the UFC, acting, and hosting his own podcast.

Video - Michael Bisping on True Geordie Podcast
Michael Bisping

Bisping has had issues with his eyes for a long time and as a result of this, it could be difficult for him to get a license to fight again.

There have also been rumblings of a potential bout between Paul and another ex-UFC fighter: Anderson Silva. Paul spoke about Silva as a potential opponent for his brother.

“Let him [Jake] get a little better, cause Anderson boxes and has boxed for over a decade,” Paul said.

Silva is a former UFC champion who is now trying his hand at boxing. He is now 3-1 as a professional boxer and he even has a win over former world titleholder Julio César Chávez Jr. back in 2021.

Are you interested in a potential fight between Jake Paul and Michael Bisping?

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Logan Paul Calls Jake’s Callout Of Bisping ‘Silly’ & A ‘Waste of Breath’

Logan Paul is not on the Jake Paul vs. Michael Bisping bandwagon. The Paul brothers have been making names for themselves in the boxing world. While Logan has been in only three boxing matches, one against Floyd Mayweather, Jake is making his way by fighting former UFC fighters. He is getting a sort of reputation…

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Logan Paul is not on the Jake Paul vs. Michael Bisping bandwagon.

The Paul brothers have been making names for themselves in the boxing world. While Logan has been in only three boxing matches, one against Floyd Mayweather, Jake is making his way by fighting former UFC fighters. He is getting a sort of reputation for facing former UFC fighters and it seems he has a new one in his sights.

Jake Paul recently began a Twitter feud with former UFC champion, now retired fighter Michael Bisping. The two have been throwing verbal shots at one another and could be inching towards an actual fight. Big brother Logan is not on board with this matchup and thinks Jake should be looking elsewhere.

“I felt like that was silly,” Logan said on the ImPaulsive podcast via Irish Mirror. “I wish I would have advised Jake not to do that. It was just a waste of breath. I wish I probably could have told him to not [call Bisping out].”

Bisping last fought in the UFC back in 2017 when he was defeated by Kelvin Gastelum by KO. Since his retirement, Bisping has been doing commentary for the UFC, acting, and hosting his own podcast.

Video - Michael Bisping on True Geordie Podcast
Michael Bisping

Bisping has had issues with his eyes for a long time and as a result of this, it could be difficult for him to get a license to fight again.

There have also been rumblings of a potential bout between Paul and another ex-UFC fighter: Anderson Silva. Paul spoke about Silva as a potential opponent for his brother.

“Let him [Jake] get a little better, cause Anderson boxes and has boxed for over a decade,” Paul said.

Silva is a former UFC champion who is now trying his hand at boxing. He is now 3-1 as a professional boxer and he even has a win over former world titleholder Julio César Chávez Jr. back in 2021.

Are you interested in a potential fight between Jake Paul and Michael Bisping?

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