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The Daily Line: Michael Bisping’s Got A Point

All the ‘injuries’ that keep Anderson from a rematch with me or Chael will heal real fast if they offer Bisping to him

MMA legend Dan Henderson made that comment on his Twitter account recently, frustrated that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is riding the sidelines with an injury and not giving Henderson or Chael Sonnen – the two men who’ve given Silva the most trouble over his championship career – a second go-round with him. At today’s press conference held to promote the impending UFC on Fox 2 fight card, both Sonnen and Bisping were asked to comment on Hendo’s assertion.

“Well, I don’t believe Anderson’s hurt,” replied Sonnen, an old Team Quest teammate of Henderson’s. “I know he says he’s hurt, but then he did a training camp with Wanderlei that got caught on tape. He just got done working out with Machida that got caught on tape. I really don’t care about Anderson Silva. I truly don’t. How hard’s it gotta be to become world champion beating up math teachers? I don’t understand it. Give Anderson Silva my schedule and see how well he does. Does that answer your question? Yeah, I think he’s ducking me, I think he’s ducking Dan Henderson. I don’t know that he’d be eager to fight Bisping, you’ll have to talk to Dan about that comment. But no, I don’t think he’s hurt.”

Bisping on the other hand, wasn’t as agreeable with Henderson.

“Well, he’s just another person that had his shot, weren’t he? I seem to remember him getting tapped out just like Chael did,” the Brit pointed out. “So, both of these guys have a problem with submission defense. If he’s bitter about it, don’t talk shit about me just because you blew your shot.”

Look, you probably think he’s a jerk, but Bisping is kind of on to something here. It’s clear why Hendo and Sonnen are doing what they’re doing (look how Nick Diaz bumped Carlos Condit in the welterweight title line by getting mean with GSP) and the conflict it creates only increases the entertainment value of the sport, but the greatest mixed martial artist on the planet probably isn’t ducking anyone – especially not two men whom he’s already beaten.

Sonnen and Henderson truly did take Silva closest to defeat, but in the end, The Spider weathered the worst they could offer and came back to clearly secure victory. Henderson and Sonnen both tapped out, let’s not forget that as they campaign for their title shots.