After Michael Bisping was booked to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight title against none other than former Welterweight king Georges St-Pierre, the mixed martial arts (MMA) came out in droves with mixed reactions (see them here).
And what originally seemed to be a compliment from Ronaldo Souza’s management team — who labeled “The Count” a “king” for getting a big-money fight at his desire — was actually nothing more than a dig, as Gilberto Faria, “Jacare’s” manager, elaborated further on the message, saying Bisping is nothing but a “disaster” for the division and will go down as soon as he faces a higher-ranked 185-pound contender.
“You got it wrong,” he told MMAmania, “and totally changed the meaning of our message. We are being sarcastic, Bisping was promoted to King (by UFC) and as a King, he can do whatever he wants, including deciding who he fights next. No way we were complimenting him. For us Bisping is a disaster for the MW division, and he will go down as soon he fight a Top 7.”
Indeed, “The Count’s” first-ever title defense saw him take on Dan Henderson at UFC 204 last October after he lobbied the promotion to get the rematch to exact some revenge from the infamous knockout loss to “Hendo” at UFC 100. And he earned his get-back, taking out the long-time veteran via unanimous decision in a hard-fought five-round war. Still, that match up didn’t sit too well with many ... Souza included.
Interestingly enough, the announcement of Bisping vs. St-Pierre came shortly after “The Count” lobbied for his first-ever “million-dollar” fight, saying that he’d prefer to face “GSP” over current No. 1 contender, Yoel Romero. And just like that, the bout was made, which left many at a loss for words ... “Soldier of God’s” camp included. As for Souza -- who is fresh off a dominant first-round submission win over Tim Boetsch at UFC 208 — his next move is up in the air, as he is currently waiting to see how the division plays out.
But, seeing as how Bisping’s title fight against St-Pierre won’t happen for at least four or five months, one can assume the submission wizard will either get a rematch against Luke Rockhold or another chance to get his hands on the aforementioned Romero.