UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping will unfortunately have to wait a while to fight next as he holds his title. He’ll have surgery to clean up some damage in his knee that will leave him out around five months. While Bisping has not fought since October, he’s been busy promoting the movie he stars in, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, which is in theaters now.
Bisping joined me on The Jake Brown Show on CBS Radio’s Play.it and made sure to make it known he’s not a rookie on the Hollywood scene.
“I’ve actually been doing this for a long time now, I’ve been doing movies since 2009 now I worked with an acting coach, an agent and things so I’ve got quite a few credits to my name already,” said Bisping. “I’ve got many other opportunities on Saturday, I’m filming a TV show and I film another movie next month so yeah I am working on this, you can’t fight forever…but first and foremost as of right now I am the UFC Middleweight Champion of the world and I fully intend on successfully defending that belt. So, you’ve got to balance these things out I believe that you are able to do that anybody that says you can’t I think is just making excuses, I’ve managed quite successfully so far, so far so good.”
Bisping will have plenty of time now to see who he might fight next, which even he isn’t sure about just yet.
“To be honest, as the champion I want to be apart of the biggest fight possible,” said Bisping. “I fought the best in the world for 11 years now in the UFC I’ve been a professional fighter pretty much my entire life, I’ve been in the UFC for 11 years and I fought everybody there is to fight. Now I’m the champion listen I wanna get paid, I wanna be apart of the biggest fights possible and if that’s Yoel Romero, great, if it’s George St-Pierre, great, If it’s a rematch with Anderson Silva, whoever it is as long as the fight makes sense whatever the biggest fight is that’s gonna attract the most viewers that’s what I wanna be apart of.”
Bisping doesn’t shy away from talking smack in and out of the ring. When asked who smack talks better, him or Conor McGregor, that was easy for the 37-year-old.
“Well I’ve been doing this for a lot longer so I got more experience,” said Bisping. “Connor’s good, he’s very witty, very funny, but you can’t beat experience and I was doing this before that guy even walked into an MMA gym. I got the experience.”
Bisping also commented on the future of Ronda Rousey, which he believes there isn’t much of in the ring anymore.
“She’s been there, she’s done it all, she’s been the champion, she’s made a lot of money. For her I’d say hang it up, do something else enjoy the ride.”
Jake Brown is the Digital Program Manager at CBS Sports Radio and a columnist for CBS Sports Radio, CBS Local Sports, and CBS Local. You can catch him on The Jake Brown Show on CBS Radio’s Play.it, iTunes, and Spotify. It’s a weekly sports show mixed in with a bit of entertainment and interviews as well every week. He occasionally hosts SportsTalk1240 on WGBB in Long Island, and formerly hosted Brown and Scoop, Brown and Troupe, and on ESPN Radio NH. Jake lives in Queens and being a Mets fan is finally paying off.