Justin Gaethje rips into Michael Bisping for 'biased' and 'unprofessional' commentary at UFC 286
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Justin Gaethje has taken aim at Michael Bisping for his commentary during the main event at UFC 286.
British MMA legend Bisping, who was working the event in London, has been called 'very unprofessional' and 'biased' by Gaethje.
Former interim lightweight champion Geathje produced one the best performances of his career, taking out emerging contender Rafael Fiziev in a back-and-forth scrap which was awarded 'Fight of the Night'.
But while Gaethje was happy with how his own bout played out, the same couldn't be said for his thoughts on the main event.
Justin Gaethje took issue with Michael Bisping's "biased" commentary during the #UFC286 main event.— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) March 19, 2023
"[He] shouldn’t have been nowhere near a microphone during that fight... I just thought it was very unprofessional." pic.twitter.com/Cn3CUdhRbm
Not only did the American think his teammate Kamaru Usman was robbed by the judges, but he also wasn't best pleased with Bisping's comments cageside.
“I thought (Usman) won the fight,” Gaethje told reporters at his UFC 286 post-fight news conference.
“But I’m probably as biased as the judges. Certainly not as biased as Michael Bisping. He shouldn’t have been anywhere near a microphone during that fight. Yeah, it sucks.”
Michael Bisping was feeling the love from the London crowd 🙌 #UFC286 pic.twitter.com/8eSq3g37Z2— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 18, 2023
Gaethje was then asked whether the UFC should bar commentators from working at an event if their friend or teammate is fighting.
“It’s not my call,” Gaethje replied.
“I just thought it was very unprofessional (from Bisping).”
Speaking about his own performance, Gaethje said: “I look pretty good, so I did a good job.
“The key is not to get hit, and I did a good job at that. I took a couple of shots. I say two or three to the head. I asked and prayed that neither of us sustained chronic injury.”
He added: “It’s [retirement] not been in my mind. It’s the fact of the matter, I’m 34 years old. I’m gonna take the fights that I need to take to get to the position that I want to be. There’s countless examples of reasons not to go longer than you should in this sport. I’ll probably refuse to do that.”
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