After winning the interim belt on Saturday evening at UFC 225, Colby Covington went on the Fox Sports 1 post-fight show and immediately started calling out the panelists as “haters.” Never one to take something lying down, Michael Bisping fired back at Covington for being a “prick,“ resulting in an heated exchange that drew criticism from some for Bisping lack of professionalism.
Well, Bisping does not agree. Addressing the issue on the most recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast, the former middleweight champion explained his side of the controversy, saying that if he had to do it all over again, maybe he wouldn’t be as abrasive but he was just trying to give Covington a willing partner to work his shtick with.
“He came right hot out of the gate,” Bisping said. ”I get it, the guy’s charged and he’s kind of made a career out of being controversial and what-not. Maybe if I could do it again I’d calm down, I‘d bring it down just a notch but the first thing he said was ‘Hey, I’ve got all my haters in one spot. Blah blah blah.’ So I said, hold on a minute, just listen, we actually gave you a lot of compliments. . .
“Colby Covington, he’s Mr. controversy. Everywhere he goes he tries to create controversy. For crying out loud, he Tweets out spoilers to the new Star Wars movies and things like that. So when he came on, the first thing he did was, ‘f**k you guys up there on the panel. Kiss my ass, you all picked me to lose!’ So I thought, okay here we go, we’ve got Colby Covington in rare form - this is what he likes to do - so I thought maybe I’d be a sparring partner for him.
“I wasn’t offended by anything that he said. . . I thought if Colby wants to have a Colby-esque moment and create drama and controversy then I’ll be a sparring partner with him. I gave it back to him a little bit.“
That “giving it back” to Covington drew criticism from some of Bisping’s colleagues, including UFC commentator Jon Anik. In several social media posts, Anik lambasted Bisping’s approach to the situation, calling his behavior “disgraceful.” Anik would later apologize for some of the word choices in his comments in a separate social media post. That was enough for Bisping who said he doesn’t have any ill will towards Anik but couldn’t resist sending a a snarky jab nonetheless.
“We all have different styles,” Bisping joked. ”Jon obviously wouldn’t do that - and I love Jon, don’t get me wrong, I‘m having a bit of fun here - but we’ve got different styles. Jon wouldn’t have done that and I wouldn’t go to social media to berate a colleague. We’ve all just got different styles.”
When pressed on the issue, Bisping did admit that Anik’s comments bothered him a little bit and that he would have preferred Anik handle the situation differently. At the end of the day, he’s not bothered by the controvery and he has nothing but respect for Anik.
“Those comments stung a little bit,” Bisping said. ”If you’ve got a problem, maybe just shoot me a text, maybe give me some advice. Maybe say, ‘Yo Mike, just giving you some advice as a friend. When you’re in that position, try and separate yourself as a fighter.’ Maybe try and guide me along. Don’t say, ‘Hey, I’m hoping this motherf**ker gets fired. He definitely needs to be reprimanded by Fox and this is disgraceful and he should be ashamed.’
“There’s no beef. I respect Jon greatly. I respect him as a commentator, I respect him as a professional, and as a person. I truly do, I’m just having a bit of fun with it. He said it, he apologized, whatever. I couldn’t care less. I’m not in the habit of trying to make enemies. I’m trying to make friends and not hold grudges against people for a silly little Tweet.“
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Morning Wood. Tyron Woodley offering Covington a $10K per takedown bet.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Jon keeping it real about Brock.
I feel like he would have the upper hand in strength but I would have the upper hand in muscle endurance https://t.co/Cs8PcQq3WY— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 13, 2018
Oh he would have an extremely high chance if I allowed him to get around my little legs. I try not to let people get in on deep shots let alone finish them. Gus got my ass good, we’ll timed https://t.co/LIbHT7vGn8— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 13, 2018
CHRISPY— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) June 13, 2018
-your argument for consideration for a title shot is based upon being the "most decorated", then Whittaker should fight the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center this Fall...
Chrispy??? Now it’s personal...my argument is simple. I am ranked ahead of YOU and I finished YOU in my last fight. https://t.co/EaqAPvdINm— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) June 14, 2018
Covington throwing out a first pitch in the belt.
Two years to refocus two new belts and now its time to get back to the @UFC 155lbs of twisted steel and sex appeal. I would even drop one more time so I can fight @BlessedMMA with a full camp, I think Max has his hands full when he doesn't fight me off the couch.— Clay Collard (@CCCcollard) June 13, 2018
At 155 I'll fight anyone anytime anywhere, line them up!— Clay Collard (@CCCcollard) June 13, 2018
Super cool thing just happened at LA Fitness. This youngster came up to me and asked “Are you that Bare Knuckle Guy!?” he had no idea I fought in the UFC or Bellator. Was just a totally a new generation of combat sports fan. @bkbchampionship he is pumped up for the next fight! pic.twitter.com/jdKio5HJJf— joey beltran (@mexicutioner760) June 14, 2018
Schaub not really up on who moves the needle these days.
Saw a report in LA times that #UFC225 PPV is around 150k buys. I don’t get. That card was STACKED. What gives? ♂️— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) June 13, 2018
Bisping with a petition to get himself a knighthood.
This was from Facebook. I support this message Hi all. Hope you're well. I've started a petition to get Mike Bisping a knighthood. So far we're at around 286. Let's see if we can get it to 300.https://t.co/hJ1PZds4Uh— michael (@bisping) June 13, 2018
Colby comes off as a total cornball but this right here is going to work for him.
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