Michael Bisping Finally Reveals Who’s to Blame for the Infamous Mouthpiece Ordeal During Historic Anderson Silva UFC Fight

Published 02/21/2022, 7:30 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva of Brazil (R) and Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping of England (L) compete in their Middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night held at at Indigo at The O2 Arena on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Michael Bisping is one of the most beloved characters in MMA. However, it was not always the case. The fans loved to hate the former UFC middleweight champion. Although in his home country, the British fans always celebrated ‘The Count’. Winning the UFC middleweight gold was the pinnacle of Bisping’s career. However, there is another victory that he holds very close to himself.

In 2016, ‘The Count’ was headlining the O2 Arena in London against the best fighter in middleweight history. Bisping was on a two-fight win streak, and it was his chance to finally get the championship bout.


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The fans in the O2 Arena were supporting their legend and were as loud as a crowd could be. Thus, the build-up appeared forthcoming of a magical main event. Likewise, the fight delivered. ‘The Count’ battled ‘The Spider‘ in a grueling fight and ended up on the right side of the judges’ decision.

However, during the last exchanges of the third round, the O2 arena had their heart in their mouth.

‘The Count’ on his YouTube channel explained what was going on inside the octagon during the crazy exchange.

‘The Count’ said, “I don’t blame Anderson at all. Listen, I turned. I looked to the referee. I said, ‘hey my mouthpiece’ As, as I looked back, Anderson was in the air, hitting me in the face with the knee. That was my fault, you know, I should have not been dialoguing with the referee. And all’s fair in love and war. You fight until the referee calls you off or whatever, so… it is what it is, that was me f**king up.”

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The TUF-3 winner had great runs in his illustrated career. However, he always felt short of the UFC middleweight gold. Eventually, in a short notice fight, ‘The Count’ earned the ‘UFC Champion’ status. In 2017, ‘The Count’ announced his retirement after dropping two consecutive bouts.


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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.