Now a few days removed from the events of UFC 210, the debate is still raging on about just who's to blame for the bizarre ending that tarnished an otherwise thrilling fight between #ChrisWeidman and #GegardMousasi. Although it appears relatively clear that Weidman did not have his faculties together in the moments prior to the controversial finish, his decision to file an immediate appeal of the fight's result is being backed by many for what was, at best, a series of largely unprepared decisions made by both referee Dan Miragliotta and ringside physicians at the time of the non-foul.
Regardless, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has now come forth to offer his own opinion of the fight, and it probably shouldn't surprise you to learn that it is highly critical of Weidman.
"Chris Weidman has only got himself to blame for that fight being finished," said Bisping on his podcast, Believe You Me.
The UFC Middleweight Champion went on to elborate:
"It appeared, initially, that it was two illegal strikes. So Weidman thought he had five minutes. But come on man, talk about an Oscar winning performance. He was laying it on thick. He thought he had five minutes but he was rolling around on the floor, clutching his head, [saying] ‘Uhhhhhh.’ He was putting on a real performance here. He even rolled back from being on his knees on his backside.
Because he was acting so hurt and so injured, the commission said no, you’re not continuing to fight so they called it a TKO. I don’t know if that was the right decision but Weidman was trying to win via a disqualification or, at the very most, trying to get a point deducted from Mousasi."
It's not exactly a surprising opinion to hear from Bisping, who has gone back and forth with Weidman in the media on several occassions, but it also happens to be one that UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson agrees with.
"If you're going to play that game, you're just asking for trouble," said Johnson while speaking with reporters in the lead up to his #UFCKansasCity main event on April 15. "You're playing with fire when you play that role."
While the jury is still out on just how Weidman's appeal will be handled by the NYSAC, Mousasi has offered Weidman a chance to redeem himself via a rematch in Holland. One has to imagine that the result of his appeal will play a big role in whether or not he decides to accept it.
UFC 210 Results:
- Daniel Cormier def. Anthony Johnson via submission (rear naked choke), R2
- Gegard Mousasi def. Chris Weidman via TKO (knees), R2
- Cynthia Calvillo def. Pearl Gonalez via submission (rear naked choke), R3
- Thiago Alves def. Patrick Cote via unanimous decision
- Charles Oliveira def. Will Brooks via submission (rear naked choke), R1
- Myles Jury def. Mike de la Torre via TKO (punches), R1
- Kamaru Usman def. Sean Strickland via unanimous decision
- Shane Burgos def. Charles Rosa via TKO (punches), R3
- Patrick Cummins def. Jan Blachowicz via majority decision
- Gregor Gillespie def. Andrew Holbrook via KO (punch), R1
- Desmond Green def. Josh Emmett via split decision
- Katlyn Chookagian def. Irene Aldana via split decision
- Magomed Bibulatov def. Jenel Lausa via unanimous decision