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Fox spins news? No way!

There’s been a whole lot of hubbub regarding Michael Bisping’s bad manners at the UFC75 post-event conference. Of course, those in the know are aware that while Bisping Jr was getting roasted by the press, Bisping Sr was getting manhandled in the parking lot. Another interesting factoid is that some of the quotes being attributed to Bisping Jr aren’t actually what he said. James from Fighting Spirit Magazine did a quick comparison between what Fox Sports had Michael Bisping saying and what he really did say:

As for the rest of that article on the Fox website, it should be pointed out that there is some outright fabrication in Ben Cohen’s Mike Bisping “quotes”, most of which are completely made up. I’m not usually this anal about misreporting (especially on the internet), but since I was there, and since I’ve just been listening to my audio of the press conference, I think it needs to be pointed out that what Cohen is “reporting” is largely fictitious.

The rest is after the jump!

“Of course I (expletive) won. What the (expletive) do you know you fat (expletive) (expletive)?”

What Bisping ACTUALLY said was:

“Of course. Don’t insult me like that.” “Seriously?” replied Oliver. “What do you mean, ‘seriously’? You wanna go three rounds? Cheeky bastard. Of course I f**king won the decision. Get the fuck outta here.”


“Staring aggressively at the hapless journalist, Bisping continued. ‘You can wipe that cheeky smile of you fat (expletive) face as well.'”

What Bisping ACTUALLY said was:

“Get that smile of your face too, while you insult me.”


“Well you are the only one who seems to think so,” came another remark from the press.

Just being picky, but the ACTUAL remark from Wolfgang was:

“I think you are the only one who think so.” (Just to illustrate that the Fox guy is fabricating the press’ statements, not just the fighters’.)


“You can (expletive) off, too. Who the (expletive) are you? Let’s see how many rounds you can go in the octagon you fat piece of (expletive).”

Not only is this misquotation, this is SHEER FALLACY, as Mike said no such thing. In fact, he didn’t say ANYTHING, as Marshall Zelaznik interjected, saying: “I don’t think that’s right – there was a professional judge, two of them, that felt that way.” It was then Rampage who stepped in and made a comment (which I can’t make out on my recording) about Oliver and Wolfgang. Mike said NOTHING, and at no time did he make ANY comment about the men’s weight.

Just thought it was important to set that straight, as there is arguably even more wrong with Ben Cohen posting falsehoods than there is in a fighter speaking out of turn at a press conference. If you want to take Bisping to task for the way he reacted, you’ve got more than enough fuel to do so – you don’t need to LIE.

This info was from a comment posted on the always interesting comments section of Zach’s site is a safe haven of sorts for intelligent people who like to discuss MMA in a civil manner. While over here we just talk about nailgun accidents, dungeons and dragons, and other random shit. Yeah, that’s just how we rollz. Anyways, I’d encourage you to go check out the conversations but I’d rather you just stayed here and talked to me. So fuck them!

**Update** Fox Sports has changed the article and removed the offending passages. No correction notice in the article and I dunno if any of those involved in uncovering this foul treachery will be receiving a fruit basket from Fox. I might send myself a fruit basket … then tommorow I can go “Wow! A fruit basket! Who could be so nice to do that? Oh, it’s me? I’m just awesome!”

  • garth says:

    what does this have to do with Punty, my seventh level half-elf ranger-illusionist? Nothing, that’s what.

  • kentyman says:

    Punty don’t got shit on Bosco Goodbottom, the level 5 rogue hobbit wielding the shortsword “Ratbain”.

  • Xavier says:

    Sure, that’s if you believe Bisping about his father in general. Most people talking about the press conference say that Bisping came in a good mood, joking around with Rampage, which contradicts all of Bispings later spin.

  • Bisping entered in a serious mood, shared a quick joke with Rampage and Kongo, and then darkened again.

    His story had been corroborated by independent witnesses within minutes of the press conference, Mike chose not to say anything until much later.

  • Matt says:

    Much love! Wasn’t the cheeky journalist actually one of Hamill’s cornermen? I still don’t understand why this is such a big deal.. Punch this guys face in but don’t call that guy a fatass?

  • Nah, it turns out Kevin Iole was wrong (whodathunkit) on that point. The cheeky journalist was some German guy named Otto.

  • garth says:

    i am happy i don’t know anyone named otto, because all i could do is make bad jokes about his name. and they’d be awful. and otto would hate me, and the child inside us all would die a little

  • The German chap is Oliver Copp, a smashing bloke who actually does the voiceover work on the UFC DVDs. And, for what it’s worth, he’s dealt with Mike on numerous occasions in the past and never had any problem with him.

  • matt says:

    Could someone tell me wtf cheeky means? I don’t speak homo.

  • ajadoniz says:

    Cheeky = Silly goose

  • I once spent an entire night at a bar calling everyone a CHEEKY MONKEY. Then there was a fight. THOSE CHEEKY MONKEYS. And then I was in a fight. WHAT A CHEEKY MONKEY. Then I got thrown out by the bouncers. THOSE CHEEKY MONKEYS!

  • Johnny Giuliani says:

    Fox spins news?

    That’s kind of like you spinning the cause of the Bisping/Hammill fraud into a poor point system designed for boxing.

  • Actually I specifically said the problem is the judging, not the point system.