Michael Bisping Calls Luke Rockhold A 'Laughingstock'
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.03.2014
"He needs to be taught a lesson"...
In an interview with The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting), Michael Bisping had some harsh words for Luke Rockhold, who has been calling him out recently. Here are the highlights:
On an encounter he had with Rockhold after his TKO win over Cung Le: "[My dad and I] were both nursing a bit of a hangover because we had a couple of drinks the night before, and we're just having a coffee and catching up," Bisping recalled of the encounter. "Obviously I live in America and he lives in England, so now that all the excitement of the fight and all that stuff was over, we're just having a conversation catching up on old times. And, lo and behold, there [Rockhold] comes walking over, looking a little bleary-eyed himself. He was probably still feeling the effects for sure, because I'm sure in the cold light of day he wouldn't come up and start challenging somebody to a fight outside of the Octagon whilst out with family members. I certainly wouldn't do that, and I'd like to think he wouldn't. So he comes over: ‘Hey Bisping, one round. Come on, I'll finish you in one round and I want your purse.' He started going on about that stupid bet that he does, and I just said, ‘Look at the state of ya. Go home, sober up, and stop making a fool out of yourself.' Maybe if I was younger. There might have been a situation when we were having the coffee. But in this occasion, I'd done all my fighting the night before, and I'm a professional, so I just ignored him. I laughed at him, I took the higher ground. But make no mistake, I do want to fight that guy, for sure. He needs to be taught a lesson. He needs to be put in his place."
On the "stupid bet" between the two: "I've never been finished before in one round in my life. I don't know why Luke Rockhold thinks he's going to be the first to do it. But it's not exactly a fair bet, is it? Let's be honest, my purse is a little higher. I've been around a lot longer than Luke Rockhold. But I'll have a gentleman's bet. I'll challenge him to a fight, and the winner takes all, you know what I mean? I've never been finished in one round in my life. I've certainly never been finished in one round like he did against (Vitor) Belfort. So he just needs to shut up, really, and focus on his fights. I see him hanging out at pool parties, he's cupping tigers' balls. The real question is, did he take that tiger to a pool party after he was done feeling him up? The guy slowly but surely is turning into a bit of a laughingstock. Just get back to business, get back to winning fights, and people will take you seriously again."
On how the fight would end: "Luke Rockhold talks a lot of s--t. He knows. That sparring we had that day, he got his ass kicked as he knows it so he's coming out with all this crap. That fight ends one way: with me winning."