Most of the discussion coming out of UFC has focused on Brock Lesnar and Dan Henderson, but unfortunately not for all the right reasons. I’m not going to rehash any of it, you guys know the stories, but reactions from their battered opponents, Frank Mir and Michael Bisping, have surfaced, and I figured you’d be interested in what they have to say.
Frank Mir, the recipient of an in-your-face post-fight taunting, wasn’t anymore pleased with Brock Lesnar’s post-fight celebration than many of the fans and media members were. He didn’t buy the post-antic apology either.
Mir went on talk a little bit about what went wrong in the fight, and already wants to get back to training for a rubber match. Next time though (if there is a next time), he plans on bulking up instead of slimming down. Says Mir, “If I can just nail that gap to even 10 pounds, it’ll be a different fight next time.”
Moving on, Michael Bisping didn’t even comment on the arguably late blow he received that has stirred up a bit of controversy (although he wasn’t awake to remember it). Instead, he was humble in defeat.
“I honestly don’t know what happened to me out there. Henderson won it fair and square and I have nothing but praise for him. I was found wanting and I know it,” Bisping told British newspaper The Star.
“I will just have to accept what the organisers say in their rules about when I fight next and take it on the chin. But I do know that I have the ability to bounce right back and succeed in my aim of lifting the world title,” the Wolfslair fighter said.
“I have seen people like my training partner ‘Rampage’ Jackson lose fights in one or two rounds and still go on to become one of the best light-heavyweight fighters of them all, so I am not disheartened in any way.”
Not quite the arrogant Michael Bisping we’ve grown accustomed to. I suppose Henderson “shut him up a little bit” after all. In all seriousness though, I fully expect Bisping to bounce back from this. He’s not world championship material yet, but he’s good enough to compete on this level, and will only get better. He seems smart enough to realize he’ll learn more from this loss than he ever has from winning.