If there’s one fighter on the UFC roster who has been louder than almost anyone else in regard to enhanced drug testing to clean up the MMA, it’s middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
Bisping has a resume that reads like a who’s who of fighters previously busted for performance enhancing drugs, or using treatments like testosterone replacement therapy before it was banned.
The current middleweight champion recently took aim at former champion Chris Weidman on Twitter regarding drug testing in the UFC, and how it has seemingly altered a lot of fighters’ physiques and performances inside the Octagon. Bisping lobbed a veiled accusation at Weidman, who then returned fire, hinting at the same allegation.
@ChrisWeidmanUFC you never fail to make me smile. You'll get yours, if and when you win a fight. Lots of injuries since usada though,Weird!😂
Bisping got the last word Wednesday during "UFC Tonight" when he slammed Weidman for those comments, especially after trying to insinuate that he had been cheating in any way, shape or form during his career.
"This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of in my life," Bisping said. "Just because I beat somebody that Chris couldn’t beat, he accuses me of being on steroids. I am the guy that’s probably been tested more times than anybody else throughout the history of the UFC.
"I’ve been in this sport for 10 years, I’ve never tested positive. I’ve never even come close to testing positive. This is absolutely ridiculous."
Bisping believes Weidman’s ire comes from his own jealousy when the outspoken Brit took out Luke Rockhold to win the middleweight championship in early June.
Rockhold, as you remember, was the fighter who bludgeoned Weidman and took the belt off him last December. Bisping believes the former champion is just whining that Bisping defeated the guy he couldn’t beat.
"Come on, Chris, you’re an intelligent guy. Show that you can do better than that," Bisping said. "He said this week that I took his title. He said, ‘Remember Mike, remember whose title you took.’
No, Chris, I didn’t take your title. I took it from Luke Rockhold, the guy that took it off you when he beat the living daylights out of you. Get a grip, Chris. You’re starting to sound pathetic.
— Michael Bisping
"No, Chris, I didn’t take your title. I took it from Luke Rockhold, the guy that took it off you when he beat the living daylights out of you. Get a grip, Chris. You’re starting to sound pathetic."
There’s still no word on who Bisping will face for the first defense of his middleweight title, but the list of contenders seems to get longer by the day.
Whoever it is, Bisping definitely has no problem going word for word with anybody over social media — or in interviews — so the lucky person who gets the call will have to get ready for a battle long before he steps into the Octagon with the new champion.