UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has been on the receiving end of quite a bit of criticism over the course of the last six months. After Bisping won the title by knocking out Luke Rockhold in June of 2016, the newly crowned middleweight champ stepped into the Octagon to defend his middleweight title for the first time against MMA legend Dan Henderson.
Bisping avenged his infamous UFC 100 knockout to Henderson by picking up a unanimous decision in England to defend his title for the first time. Following that, it was announced in early 2017 that Bisping would be returning to the Octagon later in the year to defend his middleweight title against Georges St-Pierre.
That didn’t sit too well with the middleweight division, who complained that the former welterweight kingpin was holding up the middleweight division with his return. In addition, Bisping was criticized by fans for fighting St-Pierre rather than fighting a top middleweight contender.
The way Michael Bisping sees it, he is the devil, in comparison to Conor McGregor, who can seemingly do no wrong in the minds of MMA fans.
His words via his Podcast:
“WHATEVER I DO, I GET SHIT OFF EVERYBODY. CONOR MCGREGOR CAN DO NO WRONG, HE IS JESUS REINCARNATED. HE CAN WALK ON WATER, HE CAN DO WHATEVER THE FUCK HE WANTS. HE CAN LEAVE THE SPORT OF UFC AND GO CHASE A BOXING MATCH AND THAT’S STILL THE BEST THING EVER, HOLDING UP TWO DIVISIONS WHILST HE’S AT IT. BUT ME, JESUS CHRIST, ALL I TRIED TO DO IS GET A BIG PAYDAY AND I’M THE SCUM OF THE EARTH, I’M THE DEVIL. THE TOP SEVEN ARE CALLING ME OUT. WHICHEVER ONE OF THEM, BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL TOUGH GUYS, LET’S BE HONEST, WHICHEVER ONE I PICK, THE OTHER SIX ARE ALL GOING TO BITCH AND WHINE AND COMPLAIN. SO YOU CAN’T WIN. I’M FIGHTING GEORGES ST-PIERRE, FUCKING DEAL WITH IT.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/2/2017.