Do you long for an opportunity to shower Michael Bisping with boos or see him get his clock cleaned? Perhaps you think the brash Brit is, to borrow from his culture, a complete wanker?
If so, know that Bisping will do little more than shrug his shoulders and continue acting as is regardless of how his behavior affects fans. In fact, he even enjoys it to a certain extent.
“I’m not going to sit here and say hey I’m misunderstood. Like I give a sh*t. I am who I am, and I’ll be who I’ve always been,” said the 32-year old in an interview with MMAWeekly. “A lot of what I say (is) tongue in cheek. Maybe it’s the English sense of humor or whatever, but some guys get so pissed off at some of the things I say and it’s like, you don’t realize I was having a laugh. A lot of what you see on The Ultimate Fighter, it’s locker room banter, and surely guys out there you’d think they’d understand these things. If they don’t that’s not my problem. I’m not going to lose too much sleep over it.”
“I walked into the Honda Center for the UFC on FOX event, and when I walked out I got a huge boo, a massive boo. I thought it was hilarious,” Bisping continued. “For anyone that was there and saw it, thousands of people all booing, but it was kind of a pantomime thing. I just laughed my head off. I embraced it.”
Bisping’s contentment comes from the knowledge people who interact with him on a personal level understand who he truly is, not the polarizing pugilist portrayed in the media through editing and soundbytes.
“Go out and find anybody that’s said ‘Oh I met him and he was a dick’. I always take the time to meet and mingle with the fans. I don’t look at it as a responsibility, I enjoy it. I can’t believe that people want to come up and speak with me and get a picture. As long as the people I interact with, as long as they’re happy that’s all that matters.”
Fans next opportunity to voice their intense dislike of Bisping will come in a matter of hours in Las Vegas as the Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale when he faces Jason “Mayhem” Miller. The broadcast starts on Spike TV at 8:00 PM EST.
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MMATraining Take: My opinion of Bisping is similar to that of Josh Koscheck as I think both play up their public personas to the camera and are probably good guys if you know them in “real life”. People buy tickets to see the fighters they hate lose as much as they do to see the fighters they love win. In that sense why should he hold back and flash a fake smile when he can speak his mind and make a lot of money doing so?