Former UFC middleweight champion Bisping has become the featured contender on YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul’s shortlist for his return to the ring, even though he essentially cannot be sanctioned.
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Michael Bisping has scored, and for the most part scheduled, Jake Paul’s six-man hit list for his return to boxing later this year.
The legendary former UFC middleweight champion has become a favorite on Paul’s wish list for his next fight. This is despite having serious injuries to his eyes and knees that would make him essentially incapable of being sanctioned by any athletic commission in the United States.
Bisping has said he would be willing to fight on a Native American reservation, or travel to a country with more lenient rules, to fight. But in the meantime, Paul is expected to explore other options, particularly against one of the other five men on his list.
He has called Bisping alongside legendary boxers. Floyd Mayweather and Oscar de la Hoya, island of love star tommy fury, UFC icon Anderson Silva and two-time rugby world cup winner Sonny Bill Williams. And Bisping thinks it’s a ridiculous list overall, given the huge handicaps almost every opponent has.
“Floyd Mayweather has been retired for a while,” Bisping said of the former 50-0 fighter. “He just had an exhibition fight with your brother, so I don’t think it’s going to work out. Have you seen the size of Floyd Mayweather? The man is absolutely small.”
And the inclusion of De La Hoya, who nearly returned to the ring last year against former UFC heavyweight Vitor Belfort, particularly infuriated Bisping. He added: “We have Oscar De La Hoya, former opponent of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather; a guy who is again much, much smaller, but to top it all off, he had his last pro fight in 2008. That was 14 years ago… he’s calling a guy who’s been retired for 14 fucking years. Can’t you see the insanity of this?
“Jake, please, for God’s sake. I have nothing against you; you want to fight me, all right, I couldn’t care less, but I’m just giving you a little advice as a man. If you want to be taken seriously, get involved.” With people your size and not people who have been retired for 14 fucking years, that’s funny.”
It may seem like Silva has similar issues in terms of age as the other two, but he’s Paul’s size and he won two boxing fights last year, including against former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “Anderson Silva; a guy who he’s 44, 45 something like that,” Bisping said of the 47-year-old Brazilian.
“I think he went 1-5 in his last six UFC fights and of course he got knocked out against Uriah Hall. Anderson Silva is an absolute legend and I have nothing but respect for the guy. He’s had a smooth transition. to boxing; he beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr very, very convincingly and knocked out Tito Ortiz with one punch, but still, you know that’s not really who you want to call.
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There is less criticism to be leveled at rugby star Williams. He is 36 years old, is 9-0 as a professional boxer with wins over former world champion Frans Botha and multiple belts to his name. But Bisping doesn’t think Paul is being genuine by calling him out, given the huge size difference between the two.
“Then, of course, he called Sonny Bill Williams,” he added. “That’s really interesting for Jake because the guy is young, he’s in his prime, he’s 9-0, I think, as a fighter. He’s heavyweight; I think he’s 225 pounds, so that fight is never going to happen. happen”. He’s too heavy and too big, but you never know, if you can fight a small guy, why can’t he fight a big guy?”
But Bisping believes the perfect option is the one Paul sought to take last year; Tommy Fury. The 7-0 pro fights on his brother Tyson’s heavyweight world title card this Saturday, and could set up a rescheduled fight with an impressive win.
“And then of course there was Tommy Fury,” Bisping concluded. “But he said he will never fight Tommy. He should fight Tommy Fury.”