While the Middleweight title fight between division champion Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson, which went down last Saturday (Oct. 8, 2016) at UFC 204 in Manchester, England -- impressed many (see it again here), there were those who weren't exactly moved. During a recent appearance on "The MMA Hour," former 185-pound division champion Chris Weidman shared his thoughts on the fight. And while he gave props to "Hendo" for putting it all on the line at his age, he wasn't quite as complimentary when it came to "The Count."
To hear "All American" tell it, he was actually embarrassed for the British brawler because his performance didn't quite live up to the big game he talked prior to the fight. And that's the reason he feels his post-fight callout of the rest of the top contenders at 185 pounds was unwarranted.
"That guy had it in his head before the fight, and told himself, 'after I dominate Dan Henderson, I'm going to get on the mic and call out all these four guys and say certain things about them, and it's going to look really cool,'" said Weidman via MMA Fighting. "But the guy, he shouldn't have done that when you barely beat the No. 14 in the division ... to get on the mic like that and call out the top four guys like he just did something impressive, I really thought Dan Henderson should have got his hand raised, so I was embarrassed for him. He can say my name a billion times and call me all the names he wants. That guy does not affect me."
Unfortunately for Weidman, he still has to tell people that Bisping rules his division, which is still slightly "embarrassing" to the ex-champion.
"I kind of got used to it, it was kind of weird to see these guys fighting and that was the for the championship belt, and that was the champion in my weight class" Weidman said. "He's out there and he's struggling, it wasn't an impressive performance at all, and he wanted to go out there and really show he's the true champ of the Middleweight division. He got the fight he wanted, which was crazy that he got that fight, and that's the way he looked. It's a little embarrassing."
Embarrassing or not, Bisping remains the title holder while Weidman has to hope a win over Yoel Romero at UFC 205 on Nov. 12, 2016, is good enough to warrant the next shot at the brash Brit. That's not all, though. "All American" has to hope that either Luke Rockhold or Ronaldo Souza don't have more impressive outings when they collide at UFC Fight Night 101 on Nov. 21 in Melbourne, Australia.