Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, was put to sleep by Georges St-Pierre when they went to war in the UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) main event earlier this month in New York City.
Three weeks later, “The Count” was back inside the cage to face Kelvin Gastelum.
And just like his trip to “The Big Apple,” the Brit took an involuntary nap when the former welterweight clocked him and rocked him (see it), leading to a firestorm of criticism from the combat sports community regarding the promotion’s decision to let Bisping compete so quickly just to rescue a doomed main event.
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan told his podcast listeners (transcribed by MMA Junkie) that fighters, especially veteran gamers like Bisping, have to be protected from themselves.
Which is why we have commissions, licenses, suspensions, and all that jazz.
“I don’t think you should be allowed to fight three weeks after you have a brutal fight like Michael Bisping did with GSP. He got rocked, he got choked unconscious, and then three weeks later he’s fighting a really dangerous up-and-coming Kelvin Gastelum? It just does not make sense. I don’t think it’s smart. I understand the UFC needed someone to fill in on short notice because Anderson Silva tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and they did not want to lose the Shanghai main event. I know Bisping wanted to do it, I know Bisping would probably do it again. If you asked Bisping to fight in a few weeks he would probably do it again. Someone was talking about him fighting in England, probably in March. Boy, that’s less crazy, but still, crazy. We’re basically into December.”
Bisping, who has more than 40 MMA fights (including TUF), turns 39 in February.
Some fans insist “If Bisping would have knocked out Gastelum nobody would be complaining” and I say to you — HE DIDN’T — so shut up. Regardless, “The Count” wants to compete next March in London in what he promises to be the final fight of his storied mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
I hear this struggling veteran needs a fight.