Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Luke Rockhold -- like most of us -- expected the UFC 199 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, which took place last Saturday night (June 4, 2016) in Los Angeles, Calif., to be a walk in the park.
It was, but not for Rockhold.
Instead, the night (and 185-pound strap) belonged to longtime veteran Michael Bisping, who shocked the mixed martial arts (MMA) world with a stunning, first-round knockout victory. But their fight was far from over, as tempers flared at the UFC 199 post-fight press conference.
A "pissed off" Rockhold explains what happened (via Instagram):
"I love the fight game and all that it offers. It's a chaotic world we live in but the reward far outweighs risk. Allowing the pressure of the situation get to me, I felt the need to preform and make a statement as opposed to staying calculated and winning the fight. I underestimated my opponent and paid for it. Forcing a fight that was unlike me, which left the door open. Credit to Micheal for being the tough guy that he is and capitalizing on the situation. Verbal warfare and fight hype is one thing, but that moment following the outcome of a fight is where a man's true character shines. After our first fight I picked him up off the canvas and gave him his due respect. Bisping went out of his way to come across the cage not to shake my hand like a man but to further mock the situation. I felt it was a classless move on his part. Thus the reason I was so pissed off at the press conference. I don't believe in kicking a man while he's down. I've been here before and I've always learned and grew from these situations. This will be no different. I will go home, heal up, and come back better than ever before. Bisping, I will see you real soon and I will finish this.
I'm not so sure about "real soon" but then again, I don't handle the matchmaking.
Waiting in the wings is former middleweight kingpin Chris Weidman, the reason Bisping even had a title shot in the first place. Also in the queue is top contender Ronaldo Souza, as well as USADA bad boy Yoel Romero. Any one of those three could be ready to go by late summer.
Unless "The Count" opts for this.