It’s always tough for fighters to come to terms mentally with a loss in MMA.
When you’ve also lost your UFC middleweight championship of the world in the process, as was the case when Michael Bisping was choked out by Georges St-Pierre just three weeks ago at UFC 217, it must be doubly difficult to take.
That is the reason given by Bisping for completing such a quick turnaround and agreeing to fight Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Shanghai this weekend a matter of only 21 days after having his title taken from him at Madison Square Garden. He wanted to get straight back in there and put things right.
What transpired was quite the opposite of said desired effect.
Gastelum KO’d Bisping in the very first round with a flush left hand. While ‘The Count’ was widely lauded as a warrior for his bravery in taking the fight in such unprecedented short time between his last bout in the modern day, those who raised questions over the health and safety of a fighter who had been rocked with a monster GSP left-hook and subsequently choked unconscious only a few weeks ago were validated.
While easy to say now in hindsight, and given the fact that Bisping himself was so intent on getting in the cage again as soon as possible, perhaps more should have been done to protect the ex-185lb champ. See him explain his decision to jump straight back into action having seen the withdrawal of Anderson Silva from the event on a count of a failed drug test in the clip below:
— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) November 23, 2017
Well, just over 24 hours after his defeat, as the Brit commences his effort to come to terms with a second bitterly disappointing loss in the same month, he posted this typically brash reaction to his personal Instagram account.