Imagine you’re Michael Bisping. You’re back behind the commentary booth for UFC Vegas 20: “Gane vs. Rosenstruik.” It’s the five-year anniversary of your big win over Anderson Silva in England. Everyone is finally starting to see the fight in a different light: they’re complimenting you for managing to survive a massive knee thrown by Silva in the third that seemed to finish the fight, but didn’t — you know, just Herb Dean things — and going on to win the fight via decision.
You’re loose and laughing and having fun in the booth during the broadcast. Everybody loves you. Life is good. Hey look, you’re even trending on Twitter. “Bisping” is trending on Twitter! Let’s take a quick look between rounds. And this tweet is literally the first thing that pops up for anyone investigating the trend:
5 years ago today Anderson Silva knocked out Michael Bisping to earn his first win since defeating Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153. pic.twitter.com/EgfI0Ciq0u— JustBleedMMA (@JustBleedMMAPod) February 27, 2021
A little bit of cheeky revisionism poking fun at the non-finish, right? Wrong. Whoever made this post needs to be told!!! And thus ...
“Did not knock me out dips—t,” Bisping replied on Twitter at 9:27 P.M. ET (since deleted). “Knocked me down at the end of the round. Please dummy, how was I talking to Herb Dean if I was unconscious. Epic fail f—k face.”
Yes, Bisping took the time to tweet this out in the middle of the fights he was commentating, which is some impressive multi-tastking in our books.
In general, we just want to say how impressive it is for Bisping to have become such a fan-favorite in the commentary booth considering his role as an absolute villain for the majority of his career. This is a busy time in Bisping’s life. Not only was it the five-year anniversary of his win over Silva, it was the 10-year anniversary of his win over Jorge Rivera, a fight that cemented him as one of the biggest jerks in the organization at the time.
Sorry, another one. It was actually 10 years today (feb 27th 2011) I defeated Jorge Rivera after months of him talking shit. https://t.co/CH5PyuQ7m7— michael (@bisping) February 28, 2021
10 years ago. Nothing happened after the knock out so that’s why I stopped the screen record. pic.twitter.com/SA4KuyD0tB— michael (@bisping) February 28, 2021
A bit of a joke in there since something definitely did happen.
Now THAT'S a cheap shot! pic.twitter.com/cg95qozKrm— MMA mania (@mmamania) February 28, 2021
So 10 years later, we have to congratulate him on the turnaround. Even though his inner troll is obviously still there inside of him, he’s a damn good commentator. If you’d told UFC fans back in 2011 that they’d have to listen to “The Count” talking for more than five hours every other broadcast, we think they’d be shocked.
But here we are, enjoying it and all the sass that goes along with it on TV ... and on Twitter.