Fresh off of his NSAC-mandated suspension for improperly disclosing his usage of synthetic testosterone for testosterone replacement therapy prior to his August fight with Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen is on the prowl looking for a UFC middleweight to beat on so that he may climb back up the 185lbs. ranks and he currently has his sights set on Michael Bisping.
Sonnen sent an e-mail to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva earlier this week campaigning for a fight with “The Count” in the wake of his controversy-filled UFC 127 win over Jorge Rivera. Following the fight, which saw Bisping foul Rivera with a very illegal knee before eventually finishing things by TKO, Bisping had a quasi-meltdown and ended up spitting at Rivera’s cornermen, amongst other things. Continuing on with his petition for a fight with the UK standout, Sonnen spoke with FightersOnly.com
“I did see Michael Bisping’s fight, and I was very disappointed in his behaviour,” asserted the Oregonian, who recently plead guilty to money laundering in a real estate fraud case and is serving a UFC-mandated suspension as a result. “Spitting on Jorge Rivera’s cornermen brought disgrace to himself, to the sport, and to all fighters, me included. That’s why, first and foremost, Michael Bisping owes ME an apology.
“As someone with much more experience than him, at a much higher level of competition, I am his superior and his behavior warrants an apology to me. Now you might say that’s a bit of abstract reasoning… but there’s another reason he better apologize to me first, and it has to do with his own self-interest.
“I happen to know, from one of my very highly-placed sources at the UFC, that Michael Bisping’s ‘goodwill account’ is seriously overdrawn with the company. He’s on very thin ice wearing really sharp skates, if you know what I mean. So, there are only TWO possible outcomes for him: He can fight ME, or he can get released.
“He needs to fight me to keep his job. But…and this is a big but…I don’t HAVE to fight Michael Bisping to keep MY job. If I decide not to fight him, they’ll set me up with some other contender I can ridicule, then pound into fine powder. But Bisping’s got me, or he’s GONE. I hold the ‘whip hand’ in this deal; so if he wants to feed his family without going on the ‘dole,’ he better apologize.
“Once he agrees to do that, I’ll decide what form his apology should take. I may want a singing apology. I may want him to choreograph and perform a little ‘apology dance.’ I may make him kiss my ring like I’m the Pope, or kneel before me like I’m the King and he’s being knighted. I’m not sure what I’ll decide on…but he does owe me an apology.”
Following his fight with Rivera, Bisping indicated a willingness to take on Sonnen in his next fight. Sonnen is scheduled for sentencing in his case this March 28 and his future in the UFC will likely be decided from there.