Not too long ago, Wanderlei Silva and Michael Bisping expressed great admiration for the others respective MMA game. My, how times have changed as the war of words between the two heated-up during Wednesday’s UFC 110 press conference.
After giving a charismatic and appreciative hello to the Australian media, Silva quickly turned to Bisping and emphatically stated, “I’m Going to Kick Your Ass!”
When this shootout was originally announced, Bisping said Silva was one of the few fighters he enjoyed watching back in the day – specifically when he was going through his dominant run in PrideFC’s 205-pound division.
“I have got the greatest respect for Wanderlei Silva,” Bisping previously stated. “Early on in my career I used to watch a lot of [him] back in PRIDE. He has always been one of my favorite fighters and I have got nothing but respect for the guy. So, to be fighting a legend like Wanderlei Silva for me is a great honor.”
Bisping may still feel the same way, but he certainly didn’t utter anything positive about Silva during today’s presser where the “The Ultimate Fighter 3” winner was to promote his welcoming of Silva into the UFC’s middleweight division.
“The Axe Murder” is looking to rejuvenate his illustrious career in the smaller weight class after dropping five of his last six scraps, including his last two. As they say in the business world, numbers don’t lie and it was something the confident Brit was quick to point out.
“You have to win fights in this business and you haven’t been doing that,” Bisping said directly to Silva about his less than spectacular three-year run.
The hot-tempered Brazilian rapidly fired back with a good ‘ol fashioned, “Shut up!”
Bisping claims that Silva hasn’t given him the respect that he deserves and has left him no choice but to “take that respect” in the land down under.
When asked why he dislikes Bisping so much, Wanderlei comically responded with, “No one likes him,” which sent countless chuckles throughout the media room, including from Bisping who replied with, “I don’t give a (expletive).”
Bisping sent one final parting shot on his Twitter account shortly after by writing, “just finished the press conference and it’s official, Wanderlei is a tool. Oh and he’s one ugly sod too!”
Saturday night’s co-main event inside the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia just got a lot more interesting …