Michael Bisping and Joseph Benavidez - UFC 152 PresserQ: How do you know when UFC middleweight Michael Bisping is going to start a firestorm of controversy?

A: When his lips move.

Bisping is heading into a fight with Brian Stann at UFC 152 on Sept. 22 in Toronto. He has a lot of respect for Stann, dishing out very little of his usual pre-fight trash talk at the decorated former Marine.

But Michael Bisping being Michael Bisping, he had to have someone to target heading into the fight, so why not the little guys?

“In my opinion, and I think in most people’s, this is the main event. This is the real main event, two big hard-hitting guys. No one cares about little flyweights. This is the real main event. This is the real big fight. Tune in cause someone’s getting knocked out; ain’t going to be me though,” said Bisping in a recent interview on Fuel TV.

“This is the real main event of UFC 152.”

Joseph Benavidez is one half of the announced UFC 152 main event, the first UFC flyweight championship. He takes on Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson for the honors.

He was asked about Bisping’s remarks at a UFC 152 kickoff preference in Toronto on Tuesday with Bisping seated to his immediate right.

“It was pretty silly of course when I heard it, but it’s Michael Bisping. Everybody pretty much expects something ridiculous to come out of his mouth, right?” Benavidez quipped. “That’s pretty much what he does.”

“Listen pal, when you were a glint in your dad’s eye, I was kicking ass in the UFC,” Bisping played along, although a note of resentment colored his tone.

Benavidez, quit witted himself, retorted, “And probably saying ridiculous things, also,” before moving on to the title fight before him instead of the hopeful middleweight contender beside him.

“It’s not gonna change the fact that we’re the top two guys in the world and that we’re going out to make history that night.”

While the middleweight division sits amid a quagmire of fighters hopeful to get the next crack at Anderson Silva, Benavidez and Johnson square off at UFC 152, one of them poised to become the first ever UFC flyweight champion of the world.

Follow @KenPishna on Twitter or e-mail Ken Pishna.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Video: Watch UFC 207's post-event press conference on MMAjunkie

  • 26 days ago
  • 39 views

LAS VEGAS – UFC 207 takes place Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. As usual, you can watch a live video stream of the post-event news conference here on MMAjunkie at approximately 1:30 a.m. ET (1 read news >>

Live UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey Post-Fight Press Conference | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 39 views

Watch the UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey post-fight press conference live from Las Vegas, shortly after the event. read news >>

Want a Michael Bisping-Tyron Woodley 180-pound superfight? The lads say they're down

  • 19 days ago
  • 145 views

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and welterweight titleholder Tyron Woodley don’t have their next title defenses booked – even though they may have challengers who likely are next in line. C read news >>

UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey Post-Fight Press Conference Replay | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 76 views

Watch the UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey post-fight press conference replay, featuring several of Saturday night's fighters from Las Vegas. read news >>

Video replay: UFC 207 post-event press conference

  • 21 days ago
  • 46 views

LAS VEGAS – Check out a video replay of the UFC 207 post-event news conference.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Michael Bisping just threw a wrench in fellow UFC champ Tyron Woodley's plans

  • 14 days ago
  • 917 views

For the first time in his career, UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley is in high demand. All sorts of opponents are clamoring to fight him, and he’s determined to get the biggest matchup possible.Fi read news >>

Video: Watch UFC Fight Night 103's post-event press conference on MMAjunkie

  • 12 days ago
  • 33 views

PHOENIX – UFC Fight Night 103 takes place Sunday at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. As usual, you can watch a live video stream of the post-event press conference here on MMAjunkie at approxim read news >>

Anderson Silva down to clown UFC champ Michael Bisping – and why he wants rematch, regardless of belt

  • 8 days ago
  • 364 views

Former longtime UFC middleweight champion and MMA great Anderson Silva said he enjoys his social-media clashes with current titleholder Michael Bisping. Still, he wants to fight him again for real.Fi read news >>

Video: Before UFC 208 title fight, watch Germaine de Randamie's 2016 bout with Anna Elmose

  • 3 days ago
  • 10 views

Prior to her upcoming title fight and 145-pound UFC debut, watch Germaine de Randamie’s most recent bout, which earned “Performance of the Night” honors.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Michael Bisping Injury: Updates on UFC Champion's Recovery from Knee Surgery

  • a day ago
  • 51 views

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is set to undergo knee surgery that will keep him out of action until May. He told John Pollock of Fight Network's MMA Report (h/t Fox Sports' Damon Martin): read news >>