“That’s Conor doing Conor ... you can’t hate on what the guy does. He mentioned the fact that he’s wearing a mink coat a few too many times. He comes in wearing a mink coat riding an invisible horse,” offered Bisping. “It’s all part of the show. I think he thrives on the circus ... the more drama like that it makes the occasion bigger and better. And for all that aside, he does deliver in his fights.”
Bisping, the UFC’s first and only English champion, is intimately familiar with hype and hoopla required to promote a pay-per-view card. Fresh of his first title defense, a unanimous decision win over #DanHenderson at #UFC204, Bisping is already laying the groundwork for a 2017 comeback.
And, the UFC’s all-time leader in career wins has a pair of specific opponents in mind.
“I’d like Weidman. I’d like #GeorgesStPierre. I’d like the biggest fight possible that generates the most money,” explained Bisping, who hosted a question and answer session with the Fight Network.
Having been reinstated following a six-month suspension for failing a #USADA test following UFC 194, Romero was cleared after it was determined that he took a tainted supplement. Bisping remains unconvinced and skeptical.
“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire," commented Bisping, who has previously fought Henderson, #VitorBelfort, #ChaelSonnen, #AndersonSilva, #WanderleiSilva, and #CungLe, all of whom have, at one point or another, been alleged users of performance enhancing drugs or testosterone replacement therapy. “He only got a six-month suspension, but he was suspended … he was probably doing it his whole life … it takes time for this stuff to wear off.”
Regardless of who his next opponent is, Bisping does have one particular request for his next fight -- a deeper and higher profile undercard.
Commenting on the UFC 205 and #UFC207 supporting casts that compliment headlining fights by McGregor and #RondaRousey, respectively, Bisping hopes that his upcoming defense will take place on a fight card that also includes multiple title fights and former champions in featured preliminary bouts.
“The one thing I don’t understand is, is that Ronda and Conor, when they fight, their undercards are ridiculous as well. I mean look at this fight look, at the undercard. It’s nuts,” stated Bisping “They’re such big stars, why do they need the sickest undercards? Surely they could draw by themselves … it’d be nice to have a couple title fights under me.”