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UFC News: Michael Bisping refuses to accept a fight against Derek Brunson

Soumik Datta
24 Feb 2018, 02:15 IST

Bisping has recently rejected a fight against Derek Brunson
Bisping has recently rejected a fight against Derek Brunson

What’s the story?

While speaking with his co-host Kenny Florian on the latest episode of UFC Tonight, former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping completely turned down the idea of a potential fight against fellow Middleweight fighter Derek Brunson, in the near future.

In case you didn’t know…

From the year 2015 to the late stages of 2017, Michael Bisping was at the peak of his game in the UFC Octagon where he successfully managed to defeat the likes of Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, and Luke Rockhold, whom Bisping defeated to win the UFC Middleweight Title at UFC 199 in 2016.

However, in November of 2017, Bisping suffered a devastating loss to the returning Georges St. Pierre, who in his return fight successfully managed to dethrone Bisping by defeating him via Technical Submission due to a rear-naked choke in the third round.

The heart of the matter

UFC’s 34-year-old Middleweight fighter Derek Brunson recently tried a unique method via social media in order to challenge former Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping to a potential bout between the two men in the near future. In his latest tweet, Brunson decided to respectfully call out Bisping on Twitter as he posted a photo of a UFC bout agreement which apparently implicated that Brunson had previously signed off on a fight against Bisping.

However, Bisping had none of Brunson’s skillful antics as he claimed on the latest episode of UFC Tonight that he has got bigger fish to fry. Bisping stated that Derek Brunson is a good guy who has been making all the moves, but, the Wilmington native is still apparently in the shadow of his former self due to his previous loss to Jacare Souza in the Octagon.

“Photoshop is a fantastic thing, because I have not been offered a fight with ‘Derelict’ Brunson. The reason I say ‘Derelict’ Brunson is, I think he’s still a shadow of his former self after getting knocked out against Jacare (Souza) recently. Derek, you’re a good guy, you’re making moves, but I’ve got bigger fish to fry. I mean, I don’t even know whose bout agreement that is. Derek, good try!”- Bisping stated.

What’s next?

The UFC fans are still unsure about Michael Bisping’s next possible fight in the MMA cage, however, one thing is for sure now that the British superstar is seemingly eyeing towards a possible retirement from the sport within the next year.

Author’s Take

I think a fight between Bisping and Bruson will be a solid face-off, however, it might not be the ideal fight for Mike Bisping after losing two back-to-back fights in the Octagon.

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