Michael Bisping is not a fan of champions looking to fight other champions or the likes of Conor McGregor fighting Jorge Masvidal. Rather, the former UFC middleweight champion doesn’t like super fights at all, despite him being part of one in the UFC 217 main event that saw him fight Georges St-Pierre for the middleweight strap.
Speaking on the Believe You Me podcast he said he is growing tired of all the super fight talk.
“I’m sick of all this talk of super fights, if I’m honest,” Bisping said (via BJPENN.com). “I want to see the champions defending the belts. All of this jumping around… I think last year and the year before, it all got a little silly.”
Michael Bisping believes he is not the only one growing tired of the trend. Rather, the UFC is too as champ-champs hold up two divisions and there has yet to be one to defend both belts.
“Going forward, I feel like the UFC aren’t going to be too quick to make those super fights anymore,” Bisping said. “Cause whilst they do capture the imagination of the public, [the UFC is] just stripping Henry Cejudo of the 125 [pound belt]. It’s going to be Joseph Benavidez taking on [Deiveson] Figueiredo for the vacant flyweight title. That’s what they’ve got to do. The only real double-champ that’s left now is Amanda Nunes, and even her, she’s having trouble finding challenges at 145 [pounds]. I feel the only reason she hasn’t been stripped [of that belt] yet is there isn’t anyone at ’45 to take her place.”
Although Michael Bisping isn’t a fan, champ-champ fights and super fights are what bring in the dollars so it seems highly unlikely the UFC will ever stop doing them. But, the Englishman believes the promotion will be hesitant to book them moving forward.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime