During that time, Bisping climbed the UFC rankings, before ultimately winning the middleweight championship nearly a year ago.
Given his familiarity with the UFC, and experience in dealing with the promotion, Bisping feels as though it isn’t wise for UFC lightweight Al Iaquinta to repeatedly put his employers on blast in the media for not giving him a post-fight bonus for his recent ‘UFC Fight Night: Nashville’ scrap.
Michael Bisping spoke on his podcast, ‘Believe You Me’ to weigh-in on the situation:
“I SAW ALL THESE TWEETS AND THEY ARE LADEN WITH SPELLING MISTAKES. AND I AM NOT TRYING TO INSULT HIS INTELLIGENCE, I JUST KNOW FOR A FACT THAT HE’S DONE ALL THIS AFTER A FEW DRINKS. THAT IS MY ASSUMPTION. NOW LISTEN, FIRST AND FOREMOST, AFTER THE FIGHT HE WAS TALKING SHIT ABOUT THE UFC. THAT’S HIS OPINION, THAT’S HIS RIGHT, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SAY. I’M, JUST SAYING, THOSE TWEETS, IN MY OPINION, AFTER THE FIGHT, HE’S AT HOME HE’S LIKE, ’FUCK IT, I’M OUT OF TRAINING CAMP, I’M GOING TO ENJOY MYSELF.’ SO HE’S TAKING TO TWITTER TO VENT HIS FRUSTRATIONS. THAT’S MY ASSUMPTION ON THAT.
“HE ALSO WENT ON ‘THE MMA HOUR’ AND SAID, ‘FUCK THE UFC IF THEY DON’T GET BEHIND ME AND I DON’T NEED TO FIGHT.’ LISTEN, I LIKE AL IAQUINTA, I REALLY DO, I LIKE THE WAY HE FIGHTS, HE IS VERY EXCITING, HE’S A KNOCKOUT ARTIST AND BRINGS A LOT TO THE TABLE, BUT HE’S NOT BEING THE SMARTEST MAN RIGHT NOW. HE’S REALLY NOT. HE’S SAYING HE CAN GO OFF AND BECOME A REAL ESTATE AGENT AND MAKE MORE MONEY. THE FACT IS YOU CAN’T, THERE IS MORE MONEY TO BE MADE IN UFC AND IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT. PERIOD. AL HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE ONE OF THOSE GUYS AND HE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE A CHAMPION AND MAKE IT TO THE MONEY AND BE A FAN FAVORITE. BUT, GOING UP AGAINST THE UFC AND SAYING, ‘FUCK YOU DANA’ AND STUFF LIKE THAT, IT’S JUST NOT SMART. AND I’M NOT SAYING YOU HAVE TO BE AN ASS KISSER, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE, BUT IN ANY LINE OF WORK, AND THIS WILL ENDEAR HIM TO SOME PEOPLE … AND IT’S FUN TO SEE PEOPLE GO ON A RAMPAGE AND GO AGAINST THE SYSTEM; BUT THINK A LITTLE BIT AND DON’T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU. SPEAK YOUR MIND, BE HONEST, BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TOO CRAZY.”
This article first appeared on www.BJPenn.com on 4/28/2017.