July 21, 2012
Bad first impression before UFC 149
By JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency
CALGARY - Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping wants Anderson ‘Spider’ Silva.
But he admits he may accidentally have yapped himself into a whole different fight.
“I saw Hector Lombard in the hotel elevator last night, and he looks a bit like a poison dwarf,” said Bisping, who will take on Brian Stann at Toronto’s UFC 152.
“He looks like he should be fighting at 125 (lb.).”
He said his first encounter with the 31-2 Cuban was far from pleasant.
“I said, ‘Hello.’ I put out my hand, and he tried his best to squeeze my hand off,” Bisping said.
“I’m like, ‘Come on, bro. We’re in the elevator. Get over it. Nice to meet you. ’ ”
He grunted back, said Bisping.
“Maybe that’s just the way he is,” Bisping said. “He’s not the most personable person.”
The charismatic 33-year-old took questions from fans ahead of Friday’s UFC 149 weigh-ins for Calgary’s first event Saturday and spared nothing when it came to talking down his future potential opponent.
Lombard — who is riding a 25-fight undefeated streak — is 5-foot-9 and now the shortest man in the UFC’s 185-lb. division. He was brought into the UFC 149 card after Bisping was forced out due to injury.
Despite Lombard’s numbers, Bisping says he’s far from impressed by the man who has finished more than half his fights by knockout.
“He’s on a huge win streak … but I don’t know anyone who he’s beaten,” said the former The Ultimate Fighter contestant and coach.
“By all accounts, he’s a bit of a dick in the gym. Trying to knock people out all the time. I hear he’s a bit of an !@#hole in the gym. There’s no need for that.”
Bisping caught himself part-way through his tirade and made it clear he has his sights set much higher than Lombard.
“He’s definitely going to be calling me out after this,” said Bisping with a laugh. “But I want Silva, not Hector Lombard.”
Bisping says he fully expects a title shot should he defeat Brian Stann in convincing fashion at their Sept. 22 fight.
“I would be disappointed if I had to take another fight (before a title shot) if I win.
I believe in myself, and I believe I can keep winning, but it’s not easy. I wanna get my title shot. I’ve been around since 2005 and I haven’t been fighting guys in Bellator, I’ve been fighting guys in the UFC. A lot of big names. I want my shot.”
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