Alan Belcher jumped on the bandwagon earlier this week, joining a growing contingent of his middleweight peers in calling out British fighter Michael “The Count” Bisping following his outburst during and after his February bout against rival Jorge Rivera.
“Bisping is an a**hole who disrespects the sport and his opponent,” Belcher recently told Sherdog.com. “A fight between me and Michael Bisping is something everybody wants except for Michael Bisping. It would be amazing to sign that fight and have him come to my backyard. He always gets to fight in Britain and other places, but it’d be good to see him come down to Louisiana. I’d love for that to be my comeback fight.”
At this point, getting called out is old hat for Bisping, though “The Count” responded to Belcher — who is looking to fight Bisping in his first bout back since dealing with a career-threatening detached retina — by directing some pointed criticism in the direction of the Johnny Cash portrait tattoo which adorns his left arm, the proportions of which are admittedly… distorted.
“Yeah really original,” Bisping told FightersOnly.com in response to “The Talent.” “I suppose he thinks he can get back in the mix by calling me out. But if he wants an easy fight he should sue his tattooist for that abomination on his arm. I know Belcher has vision problems right now but we still have to look at that mess.
“He’s got a lot of nerve calling me an a**hole when he walks round with that on him. Although lets be fair, the real a**hole is the tattooist who drew that.”