When the UFC announced that Michael Bisping was stepping in on short notice at UFC Fight Night 122, more than a few people questioned whether that was wise. Now, following Bisping’s brutal KO loss at the hands of Kelvin Gastelum, Joe Rogan has criticized the decision to let the star fight.
As you surely know, the reasons some people raised flags when Bisping was tapped to replace Anderson Silva at the event, was because on November 4th, he fought Georges St-Pierre and was choked out in round three. Although Bisping was dropped in the fight, and took several hard elbows, the 38 year-old insisted he was good to go.
“I don’t think you should be allowed to fight three weeks after you have a brutal fight like Michael Bisping did with GSP,” Rogan said. “He got rocked, he got choked unconscious, and then three weeks later he’s fighting a really dangerous up-and-coming Kelvin Gastelum? Kelvin is a beast. He’s got nasty boxing and that’s what he showed in that fight. He hit him with a beautiful straight jab and a right hand behind it. That kid is just on fire. He’s on another level right now.”
Would he have been able to do that if he fought the Bisping who was training for Georges St-Pierre?” Rogan added. “If Bisping did not have the Georges St-Pierre fight and just went right into the Kelvin Gastelum fight, would the same result have happened? It very well could have. The way Kelvin hits, he’s fast as (expletive); his hands are beautiful.”
Rogan raises some good points here. There’s no doubt that Gastelum caught Bisping with a massive shot, which would have put him down, regardless of whether he competed earlier this month or not. But, you can question whether Bisping was at 100% to compete. Especially against a ridiculously, dangerous fighter like Gastelum. Further, now the rugged vet has taken much more significant punishment, only three weeks removed from UFC 217.
Rogan also reportedly said that all the parties involved, from the UFC, Bisping’s management, his friends and family, to the former champ himself, should re-examine the decision to let him compete.
Bisping has repeatedly said in recent weeks that he hopes to fight at the UFC’s March 17th card in England, and then, he’ll hang up the gloves.