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Michael Bisping says he ‘made a rookie mistake’ during mouthpiece controversy

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Even by mixed martial arts’ considerable standards, the closing seconds of the third round between Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping on Feb 27 was wild and chaotic.

First came confusion over Bisping’s dislodged mouthpiece during the main event at London’s 02 Arena. Then came a wicked Silva flying knee when Bisping wasn’t looking. Then Silva began a premature celebration over a knockout that wasn’t.

Eventually, order was restored, and Bisping went on to win by unanimous decision in one of the year’s most emotional and memorable battles.

After the bout, Bisping wasn’t happy about the fact referee Herb Dean didn’t call a timeout to let him retrieve his mouthpiece. But now that he’s had some time to reflect on things, the veteran middleweight contender takes responsibility for the gaffe which nearly ended his night.

“I looked away,” Bisping said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I made a rookie mistake and Anderson pounced.”

Bisping, who says he’s watched the fight twice, broke down his side of the story.

“I’m not sure if it was a punch or whatever it was, my mouthpiece went flying,” Bisping said. “Of course, this was a well-discussed matter. Was I at fault or was the referee at fault. I know there has to be a break in the action, but it’s how do you define a break in the action. For my part, I was backing off, Anderson was coming after me. There were no blows being exchanged.”

Still, Bisping knows he was the one at fault for taking his eyes off the fight.

“I’m not angry at anybody, I’m not angry at Anderson or the referees,” he said. “It was one of those things, I should have known better. I should have known better. I take that one in the chin, or in the eye or in the face ….View full article

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