Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Michael Bisping is a fan of former 185-pound titleholder Anderson Silva — despite these comments — and bought the UFC 208 pay-per-view (PPV) event last weekend in Brooklyn, New York, just to watch “The Spider” spin his web.
Like most mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, “The Count” was disappointed in the result.
That’s because Silva spent the majority of the bout juking and jiving with opponent Derek Brunson (replay), to the point where the decision was up for grabs when the three-round contest went to the judges.
“The one time - or the couple of times - where Anderson actually threw something, Brunson turned around and literally ran away from him. You could see he was a little intimidated, he was a little bewildered, he didn’t know quite what to do. All in all, you could see that Anderson was the better fighter, but he just didn’t pull the trigger. He didn’t pull the trigger at all. People were booing in the audience, people were annoyed, people were pissed off. They paid to watch the fantastic Anderson Silva and he just wasn’t delivering.
“I’m not trying to kick a man while he’s down, I’m really not. I bought the pay-per-view to watch Anderson Silva. Regardless of what’s happened between the two of us, I’m a fan of Anderson Silva, and he still always brings that excitement. Even still, right up until the final bell of the 15 minutes fight you still thought, ‘Hold on, is he gonna pull something amazing out of the bag?’ But he didn’t and what he did was, he allowed Brunson to outwork him so when he went to a decision, everybody thought Derek Brunson was gonna get the decision. Of course, it went to Anderson Silva which was shocking, and I guess maybe you could see an argument for Anderson winning rounds one and two, but it was just a bizarre performance and his legacy is slowly turning into that of somebody that’s - well he’s tarnishing his legacy. Let’s put it like that.”
I think this may have already tarnished it.
Bisping holds a win over Silva from the UFC Fight Night 84 event in Feb. 2016. The overseas showdown — which the brash Brit won by controversial decision — sent “The Count” into a middleweight title shot against Luke Rockhold. The rest, as the say, is history.
That said, is it time for Bisping vs. Silva 2?