Michael Bisping shut down any talk of a rematch with Vitor Belfort, stating that he wouldn’t ‘piss on him if he was on fire’.
I think it’s safe to scratch Vitor Belfort off the list of potential opponents for Michael Bisping’s UFC retirement fight.
That’s if, of course, Bisping does ever decide to return the Octagon for one last hurrah. ‘The Count’ was anticipated to fight at this evening’s UFC Fight Night London event at the O2 Arena but, after suffering devastating back-to-back losses to Georges St-Pierre and Kelvin Gastelum in November, decided it would be best to take some more time off.
Bisping is, however, in attendance for tonight’s card and told the media at the UFC London fan Q&A that he isn’t too enthusiastic about lacing up the gloves for one last fight.
“I’ve done this for a long time,” Bisping said yesterday, per MMA Fighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti. “I started martial arts when I was eight years old. I’m almost 40 these days, which is kinda crazy. Me and Dan (Hardy) started training together back in 2003 in Nottingham, so we’ve been at this for a long, long time, and I’ve fought everyone, I’ve fought on every part of the world, every continent, all over the place.
“So really, and I know this is a boring answer, there isn’t someone that I’m striving to fight.”
After telling fans that he wouldn’t turn down a third fight with Luke Rockhold if presented with the opportunity, someone in the audience suggested a rematch with Vitor Belfort, to which Bisping responded bluntly:
“Vitor Belfort is the type of person, I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire,” he said.
Bisping, 39, suffered what could be a permanent eye injury – one that is notably visible and still troubles the Brit to this day – after being knocked out by Belfort at UFC on FX 7 in 2013.
Belfort, an MMA veteran of over twenty years, was a known user of testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT) during that time period and Bisping made it clear that he never wants to share an Octagon with him again.
“I have no respect for that guy. Honestly, I don’t want to share an Octagon with him,” he said. “I don’t want to be associated with him whatsoever. I think he’s the biggest hypocrite in the world. He’s one of the biggest cheaters in the world. He’s a total hypocrite. He talks about Jesus and things like that but he’s not a very good person, and he is one of the most prolific cheaters in this sport. And this is a sport for men, this is about martial arts, it’s about testing yourself at the highest level. It’s not who’s got the best doctor and who can take the best steroids. So, once again, I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire.”
Belfort, 40, snapped a three-fight losing skid at UFC 212, beating Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. ‘The Phenom’ is expected to face fellow Brazilian Lyoto Machida at UFC 224 on May 12.
Bisping, The Ultimate Fighter 3 light heavyweight tournament winner, also shut down a potential bout with Yoel Romero and said he is open to the idea of fighting at the upcoming UFC Fight Night card in Liverpool, England on May 27. Check out the full transcript here.