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Michael Bisping responds to ‘slew of abuse’ from ‘Joe Rogan fanboys’ crying over UFC 271 commentary – MMA Root

Michael Bisping responds to ‘slew of abuse’ from ‘Joe Rogan fanboys’ crying over UFC 271 commentary

Joe Rogan did not provide comment at UFC 271.

Whether the podcast giant had a scheduling conflict or just took the night off may depend on who you ask. Regardless, former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping was called up to replace Rogan on the “Adesanya vs. Whittaker”.

And the “Joe Rogan fanboys” weren’t happy.

“I look at the criticism and maybe some of it is valid, maybe some of it isn’t,” Bisping said. The fighter against the writer. “Maybe some of them are just Robert Whittaker fans. Maybe it’s the Joe Rogan fans who didn’t like the fact that I stepped in. Who knows. I’m not an arrogant asshole who just thinks I’m the beginning and the end of everything, my opinion is the only one that matters, therefore I ignore everything. But I also have confidence in what I say. I know this sport inside and out.”

Bisping came under fire for what sounded like a biased commentary during the main event of UFC 271. That said, “The Count” isn’t the only commentator facing criticism for calling a fight in favor of Adesanya. Part-time spokesman Daniel Cormier also took his packs for the headliner of UFC 259 in March 2021.

“I have dedicated my life to martial arts,” Bisping continued. “I am totally rooted in the world of the UFC. It’s my life. That’s all I do. For 20 years I was a professional wrestler or fighter and now I comment. When I’m not commentating, I’m doing weigh-ins, post-fight shows, everything in between. You say it. My own YouTube channel. A podcast about MMA. I know the sport. So I’m very confident in my opinion. That said, it doesn’t mean I can’t be wrong sometimes.”

Rogan may comment less frequently in light of recent events. Adding to the controversy caused by his COVID-19 comments, the part-time comedian was also forced to apologize for his inappropriate collection of recent (and racially charged) sound bites.

“Listen, he’s a little crazy about what Joe Rogan is going through, but he had a lot of support on Saturday night,” Bisping said. “There were chants of Joe Rogan throughout the Octagon. Listen, I don’t want to step in and make my pay-per-view debut because someone else is going through a controversy. It’s not the ideal scenario, but it was also an honor to replace Joe Rogan, to be the guy who called up the UFC, so I’m very grateful for that opportunity. Who knows, maybe that’s why everyone hates me this morning. Normally, I have turned it around. I usually get a lot of credit, but not after the weekend. It’s like 2007 all over again.”

Bisping was criticized in 2007 for celebrating his controversial win at UFC 75 over Matt Hamill.