“I don’t understand that…” Michael Bisping questions outrage of fans as countryman Paddy Pimblett gets booked against Tony Ferguson
Michael Bisping speaks on the upcoming matchup between Paddy Pimblett and Tony Ferguson. Says Ferguson is no easy matchup for Pimblett.
Michael Bisping speaks on Tony Ferguson vs Paddy Pimblett ( Image via Imago )
Michael Bisping recently shared his insights on the impending showdown between Tony Ferguson and Paddy Pimblett. Scheduled for December, this match has attracted its fair share of critics. Tony Ferguson, sporting a record of 25 wins and nine losses in MMA, with 15 victories in the UFC, is determined to break free from a challenging six-fight losing streak.
Paddy Pimblett, on the other hand, is making a comeback from ankle surgery. Bisping’s perspective shed light on the importance of providing Pimblett with a credible opponent.“…Tony Ferguson is still a dangerous man, make no mistake about that. And it’s a really, really tough spot for Paddy Pimblett…,” he said. Tony Ferguson, renowned for his unyielding fighting spirit, undoubtedly fits this bill. At the age of 39, he has been through his fair share of battles, amassing invaluable experience along the way.
Despite Ferguson’s recent setbacks, Bisping argued that he has consistently faced elite-level competition throughout his career. Michael Bisping firmly dispelled the notion that this fight is a walk in the park for Pimblett. He emphasized that there was significant pressure on Paddy to deliver. “…Tony Ferguson is still a dangerous man, make no mistake about that. And it’s a really, really tough spot for Paddy Pimblett…,” he said.
In this complex scenario, Paddy Pimblett found himself in a challenging position. It is a lose-lose situation, according to Bisping. The doubters are already vocal, suggesting that Pimblett’s opponent is a pushover. However, Bisping left no doubt about Tony Ferguson‘s dangerous capabilities. The outcome of this match could prove decisive for both fighters.
Michael Bisping clears controversy at Bryce Mitchell fight
Bryce Mitchell secured a unanimous decision victory over Dan Ige at UFC Vegas 79. Following this, a peculiar incident unfolded. ‘Thug Nasty’ Mitchell sought to initiate a moment of prayer, clutching a Bible, with his opponent and the audience. However, Michael Bisping intervened by grabbing the microphone, thereby preventing the prayer from taking place.
Bisping’s actions immediately ignited a flurry of discussions among fans and observers. On a subsequent Sunday, Michael Bisping went on X (formerly known as Twitter) to address the incident and provide clarity. An astute fan speculated that perhaps the interruption was prompted by producers. He stated that they were likely communicating directives to Bisping via his earpiece. This observant fan ventured, “I’d assume @bisping has the producers in his earpiece telling him Bryce’s mic time is over.”
In response, Bisping offered a succinct reply, confirming that the decision had indeed originated from higher authorities. “You’re a smart man will,” Bisping wrote. While Michael Bisping faced a wave of criticism for halting Mitchell’s prayer, it became evident that the decision ultimately triggered to maintain the show’s momentum.
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