Michael Bisping: Robert Whittaker Is More Deserving Of Title Shot Than Yoel...

Michael Bisping: Robert Whittaker Is More Deserving Of Title Shot Than Yoel Romero

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UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has led one of the most controversial title reigns in UFC history since winning the title last year.

His first title defense came gainst the 46-year-old Dan Henderson at last year’s UFC 204, and he is currently set to face former UFC middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who is coming off an almost four-year retirement.

With Bisping fighting “GSP” at a yet-to-be-determined later this year, it has backlogged the entire middleweight division. Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker appear to the be the next in line for a title shot. Bisping looks like he sees an opportunity to kill two contenders with one stone. During his ‘Believe You Me’ podcast, Bisping recently relished in the downfall of Souza and heaped praise for Whittaker:

“Jacare, that guy has had a chip on his shoulder and been talking a lot of smack about me for a long time now, the f**king disgusting-looking bastard that he is. He’s the ever-shrinking man – he’s certainly got smaller, we see his performances getting weaker and weaker. Robert Whittaker looked great. The kid is on fire. The kid’s doing well. Nothing but praise for Robert Whittaker. Seven wins in a row, and he’s doing good, and he’s knocking out some people as well, and he looked great against Jacare. Listen, I never really thought Jacare was that good, to be honest. If Jacare can’t take you down, he’s f*cked. His stand up is terrible. His stand up is terrible. He’s so stiff and herky jerky. He throws single shots. So Robert looked great and he called me out on the microphone immediately after. . . And fair play to him. Listen, I’ve got no qualms fighting Robert Whittaker. Let’s just make that abundantly clear right now.”

“Yoel Romero is a dirty, lying, cheating scumbag. If you want to do Whittaker after I’ve beaten GSP, we can. If not, I’ll do Romero. But I see Robert as a more worthy contender,” Bisping said (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting). “He stopped Jacare, Romero didn’t stop Jacare. And Robert hasn’t tested positive for steroids so really I think it should be Robert next.”

Bisping went on to more forcefully suggest Whittaker is the top contender for the title, so he let it be publicly known he plans on fighting Whittaker after he defeats St-Pierre.

“Let’s officially now start the campaign that after I beat GSP, it should be Robert Whittaker. Robert Whittaker vs. Michael Bisping because – okay, maybe there’s a case that he’s the most worthy contender – but more importantly, just to f**k with Yoel Romero. He is the only fight I will take after Georges St-Pierre. I just think, all those things together, Robert Whittaker – okay, admittedly, the way better matchup for me stylistically – but, facts are facts, and I think he should be the No. 1 contender.”

If Whittaker takes another fight, like the one proposed by Luke Rockhold, and wins that one while Romero sits on the sidelines, there won’t be a debate about who is the next in line for a title shot. At least that is the way that Bisping sees it.

“Listen, I’m fighting GSP sometime this year so he’s gonna have to fight again in the meantime and I think Rockhold would be a great matchup. But it all depends if Rockhold shows up.”

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  • Murderous1

    Such a coward

    • DG

      How? Romero would probably wreck him, but there’s a chance Bisping could survive the early rounds and win a decision once Romero gasses. He has almost no chance against Whittaker. Whittaker has huge power and speed advantages over Bisping and he’s not going to gas.

      • Murdock

        He’s ducked Romero by:

        1. Taking a money fight with GSP.
        2. Defended his title against old man Hendo.
        3. Tried promoting a money fight with Woodley.
        4. Accused him of taking steroids when he’s never been busted by USADA.

        • DG

          I never said he wasn’t ducking Romero. My point was that Whittaker is not really an easier fight.

          • Murdock

            Tell that to Stephen Thompson who whooped his ass easily.

            Bisping stands no chance against the current top 5 or 6 that’s why he ducks them. He was a gatekeeper for 8 years and lost to every big name fighter until he defeated Rockhold via luck and two legends passed their prime.

          • DG

            All your arguments here rely on going back at least 3 or 4 years. Whittaker is a young guy just entering his prime and improving every fight. He is not even close the same fighter who lost to Thompson.

            Again, I am not defending Bisping and never was

      • Jess Fenchley

        You should watch Teletubbies.

  • Kenflo

    Coward bc he wants the “money” fight with gsp? Then stated Robert is more worthy of a title shot? What makes him a coward,not his fault Luke walked into his fist and got knocked out.

  • Shock Wave

    Wow, looking past GSP like he’s nothing… BIG Mistake!
    *HUGE*

    But we will cross that bridge when we get there…

  • Wabbit

    Reasonable people could argue Bisping is holding the belt because overconfident Rockhold became careless and got clipped. Bisping’s title defense against the retiring Henderson was not convincing, a fight in which Bisping took significant damage.

    Since Henderson was able to get through Bisping’s defenses, Whittaker will be even more effective and with devastating results. Where Bisping believes he has an advantage is a mystery, since he can not stand and trade, Whittaker is much faster and has undisputed knock out power.

  • Steve Barnes

    Anything to avoid Romero, Bisping is such a chickenshit it’s not even funny.

    • aFriendlyAgenda

      He’s just a BS’er

      And he’s not bad at it

      Blame it on IMG for enabling him

  • Murdock

    Excuses to duck the top fighters as usual ????????????

    • DG

      This only makes sense if Whittaker is not a top fighter…which he is.

      • Murdock

        He’s only beat one top guy. Romero beat Kennedy, Machida, Jacare, Weidman and finished three of them in devastating fashion. Sorry but Bisping is making stupid excuses as usual to avoid fighting legitimate contenders.

        • DG

          If Kennedy is a top guy then so is Brunson…and Romero really should have lost that fight for not answering the bell.

          • Murdock

            Brunson? Who has he ever beat? When has he ever challenged for a major title? Try again sucker!

          • Bulgarian Squat

            Whittaker is ranked #3 tho.

          • Murdock

            And he’s got a long wait before he gets a title shot since Romero is next in kind for a title shot.

          • Murdock

            So? Yoel is #1, he’s beat more top 5 guys and more importantly he has earned a title shot. Whittaker only beat one guy (who was robbed of a title shot after having earned it and being forced to take fights he had nothing to gain from).

            The Reaper is basically in the same position Jacare was in and is better off taking another fight to stay relevant.

          • Bulgarian Squat

            I’m not saying he deserves a title shot over Romero. I’m refuting your opinion that Whitaker isn’t a top fighter.

          • Murdock

            I never claimed Whittaker wasn’t a top fighter. But to say he deserves a title shot is far fetched.

          • Bulgarian Squat

            “Excuses to duck the top fighters as usual ????????????”

          • Murdock

            Yep, Bisping always making excuses to duck top fighters. Dunno how u think that was related Whittaker.

          • Bulgarian Squat

            because hes a top fighter that Bisping is willing to fight, so he’s not avoiding top fighters, duh

          • Murdock

            oh please, he’s been making excuses and avoiding to fight the top guys since he won the belt and chose to defend it against hendo and not romero, jacare, rockhold or weidman. whittaker hasn’t even got a title shot yet, that’s the only reason bisping is throwing his name around.

          • Murdock

            I guess you’ve forgotten about the part when Bisping said he’d defend the title against Romero after he gets thru with GSP. He’s ducked Romero on 4-5 different occasions now then makes silly claims that Weidman and Jacare “were never good” after they lose.

            That’s all Bisping ever does… talk. He’s only using Whittaker’s name because Whittaker is basically in the same situation as Mousasi & Jacare (prior to the loss) and far from a title shot.

          • buddy

            so?

          • DG

            Brunson is ranked in the top 10. Kennedy is RETIRED. I’m not the one making things up.

            In any case, my point wasn’t that Brunson is a top guy. It was that Tim Kennedy isn’t. Brunson is at least ranked and has won a fight since 2014…unlike Kennedy, or Machida for that matter.

          • Murdock

            Brunson may be in the top 10 but that’s not saying a whole lot since he hasn’t beaten anyone relevant and is pretty one dimensional fighter.

            Kennedy may be retired but at least he fought the top guys, has wins over notable names and challenged for a title more than once. Comparing Tim to Brunson is like telling a bad joke!

  • Bill Wolf

    Tyron Woodley should have taught everyone that if your hobby is arguing why you should not have to fight the number one challenger, it’s not going to make you popular or help you in any way.

    • aFriendlyAgenda

      That human dung heap has more problems then just that

  • JamesC

    I respect Bisping. He is sick of getting beat by dirty fighters. It took him a career to overcome those guys. Now that he is on top he would rather get beat by a real up in comer like Whittaker as oppose to a match up nightmare and a cheater in multiple ways.

    • Murdock

      Technically Romero hasn’t cheated or been caught red handed by USADA. And Bisping kept saying he’ll fight Romero after getting thru GSP but now is making excuses to duck him and the rest of the other top middleweights.

    • Jess Fenchley

      Naive and clueless. Hang up. Bitchsping is COWARD.

      • Samuel Mitchell

        Says the guy losing his mind because you had an opinion not his own.

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    Oh

    Are you still talking?

    Anybody in the top 5 butthead, anybody!

  • Jess Fenchley

    So transparent that Bitschping is a COWARD and AFRAID to fight Romero. You are fooling NO ONE Michael. Your title is a total sham. Wanker.

  • JamesC

    Romero is a cheater…no reason to respect him. He is an obvious “supplements” abuser. He also does that non-sense to give him extra time between rounds. Why should he be rewarded? Btw…he barely beat Jacre. I think if Bisping can avoid the takedown he could pick him apart and put on a pace towards the later rounds. Romero fades. Bisping does not.

    On the other hand. Whittaker starched Jacre. They looked like they didnt belong in the same octagon together. I dont know one way or the other what Whittakers gas tank is like.

    I think Romero should fight Whitaker. In the event Bisping wins…that is the fight. If Bisping loses to GSP and he vacates. Winner of Romero vs Whittaker goes against winner of Rockhold vs Silva for interim strap. Bisping vs winner of Weidman and Mousassi rematch. That winner should face winner of interim strap for the unified title. Meanwhile…Gatellum, Hendricks, Brunson and Jacre should square off to see the next #1 contender. This scenario gives everyone a shot and will make 1 or 2 guys into legends, maybe 3 depending on the quality of the fights.

  • Goatmember

    He’s the Jester, he’s playing headgames with Yoel, he’s poking the bull.

  • Samuel Mitchell

    Sounds like a plan to me. I just find it hard to not include Whittaker with Romero since he’s also been winning but has no drug test blemish. Juicing is like walking around with a blackjack. At worst you still get beat. At absolute worst you really hurt someone. At best, you’re tainted.

  • Samuel Mitchell

    How about this. If you pop for a substance then you abide by whatever punishment is doled out but add a championship fight clause to it. You can’t fight for the belt within 2 years of a positive test. Obviously a spitball but it would probably make someone think twice if it had double impact on championship aspirations.