Michael Bisping Responds to “Jacare” Souza’s Manager, Denies Ducking Contender
By FCF Staff
Michael Bisping says injuries will prevent him from facing “Jacare” Souza in the coming weeks, after the latter’s manager relayed they’ll only accept a bout with the middleweight champion next.
Souza was scheduled to fight Luke Rockhold on November 27th, but the former champion has injured his knee, and will no longer rematch “Jacare”. Following Rockhold’s withdrawal, Souza’s manager Gilberto Faria reported that they’re only interested in a title fight next.
On the latest “UFC Tonight”, Bisping said he can’t fight Souza in the short term future due to a broken orbital bone and an injured knee. The British fighter also added this, however, since he recently called for a December 10th fight with Georges St-Pierre (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Now I know what everyone at home is going to say: ‘Didn’t you call out GSP a couple weeks ago?'” Bisping said. “Yes, I did, but really, think about this, that was a massive payday, roughly $3-4 million I would have earned from that fight. Against Jacare, I’m going to get around about a quarter.”
“I’ve never ducked anybody in my life. … Next week, Yoel (Romero) and (Chris) Weidman are fighting. Whoever wins, either that guy, or Jacare, will be my next fight, make no mistake. But I’m not doing it in a few weeks.”
Bisping worked his way to a decision win over Dan Henderson last month, but took some heavy shots from the legendary fighter early in the bout.