Justin Gaethje rips ‘biased’ Michael Bisping over his UFC 286 commentary: ‘It was very unprofessional’
Justin Gaethje wasn’t a fan of Michael Bisping’s commentary at UFC 286.
Gaethje was returning in the co-main event of the pay-per-view card in London, England against Rafael Fiziev. In the main event, his teammate in Kamaru Usman was looking to reclaim the welterweight title in his trilogy match against Leon Edwards, but it was Edwards who won a majority decision to defend his belt.
Yet, the fight was competitive throughout, but Gaethje was disappointed in Bisping’s commentary as he thought the Brit was extremely biased towards Edwards.
“I thought (Usman) won the fight/ But I’m probably as biased as the judges. (I’m) certainly not as biased as Michael Bisping. He shouldn’t have been (anywhere) near a microphone during that fight. Yeah, it sucks,” Gaethje said after UFC 286.
When asked if he thinks the UFC should restrict commentators from calling their friend’s or teammate’s fights, Gaethje wasn’t sure. But he made it clear he didn’t like Bisping’s commentary and thought it was unprofessional.
“It’s not my call,” Gaethje said. “I just thought it was very unprofessional (from Bisping).”
Currently, Bisping has yet to respond to Gaethje’s comments about his UFC 286 commentary. Whether or not he will is uncertain, but Gaethje was not happy with the former UFC champion.
As for Justin Gaethje, he returned to the win column in a hard-fought majority decision win over Rafael Fiziev which also served as the co-main event of the card. Prior to that, he suffered a first-round submission loss to Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title. To earn the title shot, he picked up a decision win over Michael Chandler after being submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight strap. To earn the shot at Nurmagomedov, Gaethje won the interim title as he was on a four-fight win streak with wins over Tony Ferguson, Donald Cerrone, and Edson Barboza among others.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime