We continue to hear from different fighters and MMA figures regarding Anderson Silva’s failed drug test, and now middleweight contender Michael Bisping is the latest to weigh-in.
Bisping has been a ferocious critic of performance enhancing drug users in the past, and he’s also battled a few fighters who have been dinged for using them. The outspoken British fighter recently spoke with reporter Rick J Lee, and here is some of what he had to say about the Silva situation.
Bisping acknowledged that at first he was shocked and saddened to hear that Silva has allegedly tested positive for steroids, but stated (quotes via MMA Junkie.com):
“The more I thought about it, I thought, ‘Hold on a minute. This doesn’t surprise me at all,’” he said. “I’m just so bloody naive. I really am. I really just assume everybody’s out there doing it the old-fashioned way, doing it the way I do it. And the more and more that comes out, I realize that people don’t. People are looking for shortcuts. People are looking to cheat.”
“Chris Weidman really did a number on that kid,” Bisping added. “My word. Shame on you, Chris Weidman.
“It leaves a black mark on the sport. You can only imagine how pissed off (UFC executives) Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta) must be. They’ve worked so hard to promote a fantastic sport, but the individuals involved in it, unfortunately, are looking for an easy way out.”
The long time contender also argued that all this is really bad for MMA, since UFC 183 was so widely anticipated, and now both of the card’s headliner have failed drug tests. Nick Diaz, who Silva decisioned in the main event, tested positive for marijuana metabolites following the card.
Since news of Silva’s failed drug test has surfaced, the legendary fighter has denied using any type of performance enhancing drug.
Now as far as Bisping’s career, the rugged vet is scheduled to fight CB Dollaway at UFC 186 on April 25th. Bisping is coming off a submission loss to Luke Rockhold in November, after he stopped Cung Le last August. The 35 year-old fighter is currently ranked #9 in the UFC’s 185 division.