At the UFC’s second event on FOX in January, Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping battled in a title eliminator fight to decide who would be the next man to face middleweight champion, Anderson Silva.
The fight was a closely contested, back and forth affair that Sonnen would go on to win by unanimous decision. But the decision was close, and could have easily gone the other way.
In an interview with Karyn Bryant, Bisping claims that before the decision was read aloud, Sonnen agreed with him that he had won the first two rounds.
“Before Buffer announced the fight, he (Sonnen) came over and said, ‘What do you think, Michael?’ And I said, ‘honestly, I think I got the first two rounds, Chael.’ And he said, ‘So do I.'”
Bisping admitted that it was a close fight, but takes issue with those who say that he shouldn’t have let the fight go into the judges hands.
“We’re fighting the best people in the world,” Bisping explained. “This is Chael Sonnen we’re talking about, he’s no pushover… Well, next time I’ll knock him out in 30 seconds… you can’t always do that.
“I recognize that it was a close fight and the decision went to him. I’m going to take it like a man, I’m going to congratulate him and address possibly what I did wrong and try to come back stronger.”
Bisping returns to action in September, facing Brian Stann at UFC 152 on September 22nd in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.