Michael Bisping believed he could become UFC middleweight champion if he was given the chance.
Bisping took advantage of the short notice opportunity given to him by the UFC Saturday night at UFC 199, stunning Luke Rockhold with a left hook and winning the title.
After Chris Weidman was injured, Bisping stepped in to fill the void once Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza passed it over. Coming off his biggest win to date – a decision victory vs. Anderson Silva – the Brit landed with a shot that dropped Rockhold. The second was more than enough, as he became the first-ever UFC champion from England.
“I am so happy right now,” an emotional Bisping said with his family standing next to him inside the Octagon. “I’m an average guy, more than average. No one was taking this away from me.
“Two weeks, two days, two hours, two minutes; I’ll fight anyone.”
Bisping continued to sound off on his critics, saying “People say I don’t deserve it. They say I don’t have punching power. I just finished this guy in the first round.”
A former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, Bisping has now won four straight and offered thanks to “everybody. The UK, everybody here; thank you all.”