Michael Bisping is hoping to finalize a middleweight title defense with UFC legend Georges St-Pierre. But while waiting for #GSP to decide when they will clash, Bisping has kept busy filming movies and setting up his post-UFC career.
In "My Name Is Lenny" Michael Bisping plays "Roy Shaw," the unlicensed boxer and jailbird who is also the antagonist to Lenny McLean. The film is about the life story of one of Britain's most notorious bare-knuckle fighters (McLean) also known as "The Guv'nor." Bisping will star opposite Josh Helman, the late John Hurt and former UFC fighter Cathal Pendred.
It's a role that should come easily to Bisping, as he's the UFC's current heel champion. That "bad boy" persona has helped him talk himself into a huge payday in the form of GSP's return fight.
"I know there’s people out there that are going to criticize saying that I should fight the No. 1 contender, guys like Yoel Romero, and they’re absolutely right,” Bisping said on UFC Tonight. “Now if you are Yoel Romero or Luke Rockhold or ‘Jacare’ (Souza) or any of these guys: If you are offered a fight with ‘GSP,’ I know for a fact you’re going to take that fight, so why shouldn’t I do the same?"
“I deserve this payday. I deserve this fight. Not only to do with the payday, I want this fight for my legacy. I’ve beat Dan Henderson. I’ve beat Anderson Silva. Georges St-Pierre is also another legend that I want to add to my resume.”
That's also why Bisping can say that he's considering taking a fight with #YoelRomero or another middleweight contender, but no one will believe him.
"Listen, I've got no qualms fighting Robert Whittaker," said Bisping on his Believe You Me podcast . "Let's just make that abundantly clear right now because there are some websites that are like 'Bisping hasn't responded'."
"I'm responding right now because Yoel Romero is a dirty, lying cheating scumbag. If they want to do Whittaker after I've beaten GSP, we can."
"If not, I'll do Romero, whatever," he continued. "I see Robert as a more worthy contender. He stopped Jacare, Romero didn't stop Jacare. And Robert hasn't tested positive for steroids, so really I think it should be Robert next."
Bisping has one eye on life after the UFC and the other on the seven figure paycheck he's felt he has deserved his entire career.