I hate to be that guy but I won't miss Bisping. He was a piece of shit for far too long. The disrespect he showed Dan, treating rookies on TUF like shit, intentionally kneeing Jorge Rivera while he was on his knees then spitting on his corner men, refusing to defend the 185 Championship against real challengers and burning flags. Yes, he never used PEDs. And yes he lost an eye but I'd call that karma after what he did to Rivera. Bisping can truly fuck off.
Same. Consistency is key. And one thing that remains consistent with my MMA fandom is that I will always hate Michael Bisping, for all the things you mentioned.
Also want to add that some Bisping fans defend his title run saying "he just fought who the UFC told him to fight". I'd like to recall his antics in the lead up to UFC 206 in Toronto. Bisping was heavily pushing to be on that card to fight GSP. In the space of about 4 hours, the following happened.
-Bisping did everything under the sun to pressure GSP into fighting at UFC 206.
-GSP stated he wouldn't be in the USADA pool early enough to be eligible to fight in Toronto.
-Luke Rockhold got injured, taking him out of a main event with Jacare
- The prospect of Bisping vs. Jacare at UFC 206 came up.
- Bisping refuted that idea, saying he had a fractured orbital bone (which wouldn't have prevented him fighting GSP on the same date).
He's scum. I just wished he had fought Robert Whittaker before he retired (another fight he avoided and actually pulled out of for UFC 193).
Anyway, coming up, my fandom for MMA will be reignited! I've been kinda off it for a few months. Sorta keeping tabs, but nothing really caught my interest. UFC 223 looked to be awesome, but Conor happened. UFC 224 happened on my mum's birthday so couldn't watch live (The Machida KO looked cool, but nothing else seemed to stand out based on online reports). Thompson vs Till sounded good, but I was working while the event was on and found out how it went down. Pass.
UFC 225! Robert Whittaker is my boy. I was deprived of seeing him live in Perth, but we get to watch him and Romero run it back one more time. Just re-watched the first one before making this post. Feel like it was underrated when we talk of the best fights of 2017. To think Whittaker did that on an injured knee, madness.
The entire card is full of fights I'm keen on. There's some of my favourite fighters, my countrymen (and women) and just some great fights all the way down to the Fight Pass prelims.
And CM Punk. I'm curious to see what happens now that he's facing someone genuinely at his level. As bad as Punk's debut was, Mike Jackson's was even worse (both against Mickey Gall).