The talk of when or even if long-time UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping would receive a title shot came to an end on Wednesday when he was selected to fill in for Chris Weidman opposite Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 on June 4. The opportunity is everything Bisping has fought for, but comes on short notice at a time when he’s in Canada filming a movie. In addition, it’s against an opponent he’s fought and lost to, a second-round stoppage loss in 2014.
Yet, ‘The Count’ accepted the opportunity when the UFC’s first choice for Weidman’s fill in, Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza, was unable to obtain a medical clearance.
In this interview with Bisping conducted on Wednesday on SiriusXM’s The Luke Thomas Show, the U.K. representative reflected on his time spent trying to secure a title shot, the challenges of working on short notice, why Weidman continues to be injured and so much more.
Congratulations on getting the fight. How are you feeling?
I’m feeling very, very excited. Very positive. There is some mixed emotions in there as well. Obviously, I’ve wanted a world title fight my entire life and then, here we are. It would’ve been nice to have it with a full training camp, but screw it. You get these opportunities thrown your way, you gotta make the most out of it. That’s what I intend to do.
i’ve got just under three weeks of intense training. I know I can get ready. I know I can be almost there. I’m confident.
Listen, I’ve fought this guy before. It didn’t go my way. I’ve sparred him in training. It definitely went my way that time. I was doing good in the first fight. He caught me with a head kick. God bless him. That’s the way this thing goes. Like, it only takes one shot.
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