If Bisping can’t get interim title, give him Strikeforce title


Michael Bisping is after a title. If it’s not the UFC middleweight title, then it is the interim title. If he can’t get either of those, then he’s staking claim to Luke Rockhold’s Strikeforce middleweight title. Bottom line, Bisping wants a title dammit.

The truth is that Bisping doesn’t really want the Strikeforce title, he just figures that he should be the champ after sparring a few rounds with Rockhold. In an appearance on Spike TV’s MMA Uncensored, The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner explained why he’s the unofficial Strikeforce champ (as transcribed by MMA Mania).

“Luke Rockhold? By all accounts he and Lorenz Larkin should fight and the winner of that fight — if not both of them — go over to the UFC. Are they gonna come over and be number one contenders? I don’t think so. You’re in Strikeforce, come over to the UFC and earn your place. Let me put it like this: I’ve sparred with Luke Rockhold recently and let’s just say I’m the unofficial Strikeforce champion. Sorry Luke, but these are the facts.”

This certainly should draw the ire of Rockhold while he sits on the sidelines with a wrist injury. Our money is on Rockhold wanting a piece of Bisping the moment he’s signed to the UFC, should Bisping get past Vitor Belfort in January. Not a bad fight.

  • Even as a Chael Sonnen fan I can see the damage he has done with his antics. He really advanced the "if you talk enough sh1t you get a title fight" strategy. Some would say he and Kos can pull it off. Bisping is trying this strategy and it's tiresome already.

    • bisping is just attracted to shiny objects

      he needs to put an impressive streak wit ko's and submissions

      • I think arguably beating Chael and then beating Stann and Vitor would be impressive, no?
        and why does it have to be with ko's and submissions? I don't recall Okami or Chael getting many before their title shots

        • Slow down there, lets not throw in beating Vitor before they even fight

    • I wonder if Chael still has his UFC replica belt 🙂

    • I thought chael was the strikeforce champ?

    • Moment you mentioned "Chael Sonnen fan" I had to hit weak.
      Then I read the whole thing again and it still didn't make any sense (weaking the second time didn't work). Bisping is not trash talking. He is a fighter and is willing to fight to get to the number 1 spot like all others. Unfortunately, in the UFC we do not have a defined and structured approach to the title shot. Hence the fighters have to speak up to be heard.

      • Had to "Weak" back there GS. And not just out of spite.

        You say "…fighters have to speak up to be heard". JDS didn't speak up to get his title shot. Nor did Anderson. Jon Jones just earned it. You might be able to argue that GSP said "I am not that impressed by your performance tonight" but one line from such a gentleman is hardly talking his way into the fight. He earned it. Henderson, Aldo, Cruz, Barao and Johnson all did as well. Not one of them yacked as much crap as Bisping.

        He's trying the Sonnen, Koscheck, Hardy method and well….fail.

        • I think you've completely missed my point. Bisping in my opinion isn't trash talking. He is clearly stating facts and expressing his eagerness to fight for the title. My argument is, why not?
          The entire media attention is on making the super fight happen but what about the rest of the fighters?? someone had to speak up and that's all Bisping is doing.

  • To be honest I don't like this article, this is the sort of thing that makes athletes resent media – each and every word is picked apart and used in a way not intended by them to make a news headline, whether it is true or false.

    Michael was clearly joking when he said this and he doesn't "figure he should be the [strikeforce] champ".
    Rockhold would have probably not cared about the comment until articles like this are written which makes it much more than it is.

    I came to Lowkick because it was a good, reliably and reasonable site not filled with trolls or articles picking apart our athletes, I've seen a raise in the latter two of late…

    • Snap!

    • I agree with you Kieth. This article is more like an insult to the athlete. It's a poorly written and contains nothing but the personal views of the author.

      • You're right there GS. Perhaps Lowkick writers should title their articles as reporting "NEWS" or "Editorial". This was more editorial…Op-Ed.

        • That's what it was meant to be fellas. Editorialized.

          • @Andreas it's no disrespect to you personally bro just letting you know what the site is meant to be about and including myself, we all can improve. Keep on doing the good work that you do as you do put up some gems!

  • Yeah, the paragraph is back.

    I think Bisping is exercising a smart, out of The Octagon, game-plan. Say stuff. Be controversial. Don't be some UFC wallflower. Banter builds your profile and pays the bills and I say, good for him.

  • He does deserve it! Not saying he's going to win it but would be nice to shut him up and get him beat up!

  • Wasn't there a funeral for strikeforce just recently ? Bisping wants nothing to do with a strikeforce belt.

    Strikeforce are a paralysed and malignant cancer.