Michael Bisping has given his take on the UFC 237 main-event that saw Jessica Andrade become the new women’s strawweight champion.
Everything seemed to be going the way of the defending champion Rose Namajunas up until it simply wasn’t.
Andrade somehow managed to knock Rose out on her second attempt at cracking the champ’s kimura counter to her takedown.
Hoisting her high into the air before crashing her down, the fight was called there and then – much to the surprise of all of those who had witnessed Namajunas’ domination of proceedings up until that point.
The former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping took to his podcast Believe You Me to voice his thoughts on the matchup and how in his eyes, the finish was something of a fluke.
“Listen, Jessica Andrade is now the champ. I didn’t see it happening to be honest. Do you know what? I think, and I shouldn’t say this cuz it’s doing a disservice to Jessica Andrade and maybe even being disrespectful, which I’m not trying to do.
“It was kind of a fluke. Do you know what I mean? That doesn’t happen. She’s done that move a lot, generally people don’t land on the head and get knocked out.
“That’s not to say in a rematch she couldn’t win, but I’d definitely favor Rose in the rematch after what I saw in that first round and a half. That said, as I said that does come off a little bit disrespectful. That’s not my intention.” (via MMA News)
As much as a rematch would be understandable, according to her post-fight interviews, it doesn’t exactly look as though ‘Thug’ Rose is gearing up for a return to the octagon any time soon.
In all honesty, based on the manner in which she was speaking about her fighting future, there’s even a chance that we never see her in action in the sport again.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena