After Michael Bisping successfully grabbed the belt from Luke Rockhold, there are rumors circulating the MMA world about his future fight against Chris Weidman at UFC 205.
Everyone was surprised with the outcome of the fight between UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping at UFC 199 on Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Bisping knocked out Rockhold by releasing a left counter with 1:27 left in Round 1. Bisping followed up with two punches and the referee immediately stopped the match.
“He caught me. I didn’t see it happening,” said Rockhold, who had won the belt in December with a dominant fourth-round technical knockout of previously unbeaten champion Chris Weidman. “I took [this] for granted a bit. I should’ve fought my fight.”
Chris Weidman was supposed to be the opponent of Luke Rockhold but due to a neck injury, he was forced to pull himself out of the match. This opened an opportunity for Michael Bisping to take his revenge against Rockhold, who submitted him in 2014.
Before the fight happens, many have predicted that Rockhold will easily defeat Bisping. Michael Bisping took it as a challenge and trained hard to give a good match to the champion. Luckily, his determination paid off as he is now the UFC middleweight champion.
“People say I don’t deserve it, people say I don’t have punching power. I know how to punch … but check this out, the first-round knockout,” Bisping said with his mother and wife among family in the octagon. “This is the greatest moment of my life.”
After the match, Chris Weidman congratulates Michael Bisping but left the words “I’ll be waiting in MSG for you to hand me over that belt. Good job.”
According to Lowkick MMA, Michael Bisping stated that he prefers to defend the title against few other challengers, before having a trilogy match to Luke Rockhold. With this, there is a possibility that Bisping and Weidman may face each other at UFC 205.
Another fighter that can be the next opponent of Bisping is Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza, whom one of the top contenders for the middleweight title.
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