Former UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping was not a fan of the UFC 248 main event between Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero.
The two barely threw any strikes and fans were booing the entire time. After the final bell rang, it was Adesanaya who won a lackluster decision win. After the fight, both Adesanya and Romero blamed the other for why there was no action.
For Bisping, who had tweeted “People are booing but I’m on the edge of my seat here. Fascinating.” regretted that during the bout.
Speaking on his his podcast Believe, You Me, Bisping explained why the fight sucked.
“That [tweet] may have been in round 1, OK. I’ve got to say it wasn’t my feelings by round 5. By round 5, I had had enough of it,” Bisping said (via BJPENN.com). “I understand Romero is a very powerful guy and he has the ability to end anybody’s night, turn off your lights with one shot. Adesanya rightly, correctly, and smartly understands that so you’ve got to come with the correct game plan. You don’t wan’t to stand in the pocket and trade with Romero.”
Bisping continued that the fight only got more frustrating for fans the longer it went.
“The fight started, Romero just stood there absolutely stationary, feet planted to the floor. Everybody was like ‘wow what’s he doing’. I knew exactly what he was doing and it was genius. He was just waiting for Adesanya to come to him.
“If he does that, that gives Romero the chance to counter. Because Romero is the shorter guy, for him to get on the inside, he’s got to slip, he’s got to get past kicks, he’s got to get past all types of stuff…but Adesanya saw the trap so then eventually, I think a couple of minutes in, nothing had happened.
“As the fight progressed it was getting more and more frustrating.”
In the end, for Michael Bisping, he said it was a sh***y fight and both of them are at fault.
“A win’s a win over a very very tough opponent. But it wasn’t the most exciting fight, it wasn’t the most spectacular performance, I don’t think he won any new fans with that fight.
“I think both of them, if they’re brutally honest with one-another, that was a sh*tty fight! Simple as that. It was a sh*tty fight, and I don’t think anyone’s clamoring for a rematch.”