As soon as Michael Bisping was announced as the late notice replacement for Chris Weidman to face Luke Rockhold, you knew there was going to be some smack talk. It happened the first time through when they fought at UFC Fight Night 55 in Sydney, Australia in 2014, when Rockhold scored a second-round submission victory over England’s own.
And it happened again on Thursday during the UFC 199 media conference call to set the table for the rematch.
After a full decade in the UFC, Bisping is getting his title shot, if even under extenuating circumstances. Meanwhile Rockhold, who spent the first six weeks of his camp training for his rematch with Weidman suddenly has to switch gears and take out a guy he already beat.
Asked if that presented any kind of motivational problem for their June 4 fight in Inglewood, California, the middleweight champion said it didn’t.
He also said this was a chance to end the 37-year old Bisping’s career.
“Any time you put in a full training camp like this, I want to have an end result,” Rockhold said. “I want to keep myself competing and obviously making dollars. Going out there and getting to shut Mike’s mouth, and getting to shut all these guy’s mouths, all these guys have made excuses — Mike, Chris Weidman, Jacare [Souza]. Guess what, I beat them all. And I’m going to beat them all again, one at a time they’re all going to get theirs.
“Mike, he’s a tough dude, he took this fight, but this will not be his fairy tale. This will be his swansong. This will be the end of him. I am going to go out there and dominate this guy like he’s never been before. I believe I beat him; he had the most one-sided ….View full article
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