The backlash surrounding the ending of Chris Weidman and Gegard Mousasi’s Middleweight showdown at last weekend’s (Sat., April 8, 2017) bout at UFC 210 in Buffalo, New York, is still going strong.
Hear it all go down here.
Current division champion Michael Bisping wasn’t too thrilled with either man’s performance before the bout was halted in round two after Gegard delivered two legal knees that were initially dubbed illegal, then legal again to secure a TKO win for Mousasi.
“The Count,” however, was impressed with Weidman’s acting skills, who Bisping accused of trying to fake his way to a disqualification victory.
“Chris Weidman has only got himself to blame for that fight being finished,” Bisping said on his “Believe You Me” podcast (via MMA Fighting). “It appeared, initially, that it was two illegal strikes. So Weidman thought he had five minutes. But come on, man, talk about an Oscar-winning performance. He was laying it on thick. He thought he had five minutes but he was rolling around on the floor, clutching his head, [saying] ‘uhhhhhh.’ He was putting on a real performance here. He even rolled back from being on his knees on his backside.
“Because he was acting so hurt and so injured, the commission said, ‘no, you’re not continuing to fight,’ so they called it a TKO. I don’t know if that was the right decision, but Weidman was trying to win via a disqualification or, at the very most, trying to get a point deducted from Mousasi.”
Bisping points to his fight against Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 84 where he was the recipient of a legal knee from “The Spider.” But unlike Weidman, Bisping says he manned up and got right back up for more.
“At the end of the day, when those knees were delivered — and they were legal knees, we know that with the benefit of slo-mo replay — Weidman put on a performance,” Bisping said. “He rolled around on the floor. He clutched his head like a six-year-old that bangs his head and wants a Band-Aid from his mommy! He was holding his head like a little kid! ‘Uhhh, mommy, mommy, I’ve hurt my head.’ And then he tumbles back onto his backside and he’s rolling around on the floor looking so sorry for himself.
“I fought Anderson Silva. At the end of the third round, my mouthpiece came out, he dives up in the air, knees me in the face, opens stitches all over my face — I needed about 20 stitches in my face — I’m on the floor. As he kneed me, the buzzer went. Did I roll around on the floor going ‘mummy, mummy, please help.’ No! I got up, wiped the blood off my face, stuck my mouthpiece in, took a breath, had a sip of water, then went back out and fought. I didn’t roll around like a little bitch on the floor hoping that the commission would give me a win by default. That’s what he did!
Weidman plans to file an official appeal with the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) following the bizarre ending. At the very least, “All American” would like a do-over against Mousasi.
Which would be a tricky thing to secure at the moment, as Gegard’s next fight will be at the negotiating table.
Source:: mma mania