UFC champ Colby Covington calls Michael Bisping interview 'mockery to the sport'

Newly minted UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington hasn’t forgotten about his interview with FS1 analyst andretired ex-middleweight champ Michael Bisping.

Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC), who plans to unify the title against reigning champ Tyron Woodley in October or November, called Bisping’s behavior during an FS1-televised interview following Saturday’s UFC 225 event “a mockery to the sport” and “a joke,” and he also threatened to “come across that pond and smack him silly and take that other eye out.”

“That’s probably why that fake FOX News is going under and it’s getting transferred to ESPN,” Covington told MMAjunkie Radio on Tuesday. “That little one-eyed twerp should have realized what happen the last time he messed with the red, white and blue: The American forefather Dan Henderson left him unconscious.”

Covington and Bisping bickered on air shortly after “Chaos” captured the interim title with a unanimous-decision win over former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC). The fight co-headlined the pay-per-view event at United Center in Chicago.

Here’s the exchange (via YouTube):

After Covington opened the interview by referring to UFC analysts Karyn Bryant, Michelle Waterson, Kenny Florian and Bisping as “all my haters in one studio,” Bisping stepped in to defend the team, and he abandoned his official analyst role to engage in a back-and-forth with the new champ.

“We just said you fought a very, very good fight,” Bisping said. “If you care to open your ears and stop talking so much crap for one minute, you might hear that we gave you some compliments.”

“Stop talking crap? Isn’t that what you do best?” Covington shot back. “That’s all you do is talk. Bisping, why don’t you come out, boy? I’ll retire you for good.”

The exchange later drew a harsh reaction even from the UFC’s promotional team. Commentator Jon Anik called the interview “disgraceful” (via Twitter) and added it was “not the analyst’s job to antagonize a fighter who has just won a UFC title.” He later apologized for his choice of words, though he insisted the interview “lacked professionalism”:

Although not exactly a model of fairness in rhetoric, Covington echoed Anik’s criticism of Bisping’s behavior. He added he’s a professional who does everything that’s asked of him by the UFC.

“So he needs to pipe down and not try to steal my spotlight,” the champ said. “This is my spotlight. Whether he has personal feelings or not, he needs to set that aside. That was my moment. At the end of the day, this isn’t a gimmick. I am raw American steel and twisted sex appeal.”

There are, of course, a few facts that should be checked if Covington’s aim is accuracy in addition to fairness. Bisping is from England but currently lives in Huntington Beach, Calif. And the last time Henderson met Bisping, “The Count” took home a unanimous-decision victory that sent Henderson into retirement.

Fake FOX News? Now that’s a matter of one’s opinion.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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