Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping says he was punched in New Orleans on Saturday, describing the impact as “so mild that I laughed at him.”
Bisping disclosed the incident to his Twitter followers on Sunday, saying he was filming on a street when a stranger, offended by the act, decided to get in his face. After the man was told to “go away,” he punched the UFC Hall of Famer.
Bisping, a man who has often told stories of his street fights before becoming a mixed martial artist, said he just laughed and walked away, noting that he is “mature these days.”
Needless to say, Bisping’s assailant likely did not know that his victim is a man who once fought in a cage for a living, much less claimed world champion status while doing so.
“The guy who put me in the face for filming on a public highway had just been attacked. I told him to go away and he punched me that was literally so soft that I laughed at him. So funny that someone who acts so tough hits like a bitch, I laughed and walked away. Man I’m mature these days ” Bisping tweeted.
Later, “El Conde” tweeted a photo of his assailant, urging those who may know him to inform the knight about his lack of punching power.
Now a UFC color commentator and BT Sports analyst, Bisping is a legend for the fiery trash talk he gave to rivals during his UFC career. Most notably Luke Rockhold, whom “The Count” knocked out in 2016 to claim the middleweight title, becoming the first British UFC champion.
Yet today they are fierce rivals, Bisping and Rockhold on good terms. The duo recently trained together at the RVCA gym in California, where Rockhold has been preparing for his return to the UFC under the tutelage of former Bisping coach Jason Parillo.