This is one thing that has been bugging me for quite some time now. In respectable sites such as MMA Mania and other sites (there's just two of them actually Mania and others), most of the posters (and I know even lurkers) have this strong hatred for Michael Bisping. A thread that discusses Michael Bisping is sure to be a buy out among forum participants with the GIF of him getting knocked out by Dan Henderson almost always on that particular thread.I find this to be unreasonable. The hatred is misplaced, I would like to say. Why? Let me expound.
During his stay on the TUF House, Bisping was a respectable fighter and is willing to fight anyone at anytime. Although I would have to admit that his castmates (at LHW) are not on his level (Hammill was injured so don't bring that BS that he is better than Bisping). Imagine facing Josh Haynes for the TUF title! It was like a gift from Dana White. People loved him during his stay at the TUF House. In fact, for his first fight in the UFC at UFC 66 against Eric Schafer, people cheer for him. His fights with Elvis Sinosic was also a well applauded fight.
Then he faced Matt Hammill. He was given the nod by the judges but it was not his fault that the judges saw it that way! Some people hated him after the Hammill fight but that hatred is misplaced. Blame the scoring system, blame the judges, why blame Bisping?
I also know that Michael Bisping acted unacceptably when he spat on the corner of Jorge Rivera but other than that I do not know of any other reason to hate him. His coaching stint on the Ultimate Fighter might be the reason for others to hate him but other than playing a character (villain, that is), Michael Bisping served as a good coach and led his team to victory. Michael Bisping has to play the villain there because Dan Henderson's personality is like Hector Echevarria's acting. The TUF has to sell so I would like to think that Bisping has to play villain there.
His fights against Rashad, McCarthy, Jason Day, Leben, Henderson, Kang, Wanderlei, Dan Miller and Akiyama were all good fights. It's not like he John Fitched all those opponents, In fact he banged with them. So I really don't see the point of hatred on "The Count."
Do people hate him because he was born in Cyprus? Do they hate him because of his accent? Do they hate him because he is the poster boy of the UFC in the UK? Do they hate him because he has royal blood (Polish royalty)? Enlighten me Maniacs.