Michael Bisping was not impressed by the quality of the boxing rematch between Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley this past Saturday night, but he did come away from it with respect for the YouTuber’s knockout power.
“Terrible, An absolute terrible fight,” was Bisping’s overall assessment of the fight on his ‘Believe You Me’ podcast. “Unbelievably bad and for all the talk and the opportunity that Tyron had — and I’m not here to talk sh*t about Tyron Woodley. I like the guy, I respect the career that he’s had, and I don’t want to say anything that’s gonna make it awkward when I see him because I will see him soon. But the reality is it was a f*cking sh*t fight from both men. There was a lot of hugging involved and of course the knockout was good for Jake Paul. Of course that’s what everyone wants to get, but he’s lucky that he got that because I think had that gone to a decision and that was the state of the fight, nobody wants to watch either of them two fight ever f*cking again….”
However, Bisping says that Paul saved face by delivering the knockout blow that sent Woodley face-down unconscious onto the canvas.
“Listen, it was the saving grace, knockout power. That’s what people want to see. People want to see finishes. For whatever reason, it’s a bloodthirsty sport, it’s the finishes, that bit of violence at the end…. People, the masses at large, they want to see someone face down on the canvas and Saturday night, that’s what they got. They paid for what they wanted to see and they all left kind of happy.”
Bisping was also quick to brush aside talk that the fight was fixed.
“It’s ridiculous! Anytime somebody gets beat, knocked out, something like that, these conspiracy theories start going around. There’s no way Tyron Woodley’s gonna do that. Secondly, I’ve seen enough knockouts to know when one is real. That looked f*cking real. The fight wasn’t real. The fight was garbage, it was piss poor, it was sh*t, it was nonexistent.
“The best thing that happened to Jake Paul was him actually landing – it was just a solid shot. The kid can bang, simple as that. He’s a big, strong, young kid. Boom. That’s not a fix!”
As for Woodley, Bisping was again left frustrated by the former UFC champion’s late-career tendency to not let his hands go and that, along with the knockout finish, leads him to believe that it’s time for the 39-year-old to hang up his gloves.
“The problem with f*cking Tyron Woodley, and I say this all the time, in a sport like boxing where all you’ve got to do is throw punches, he doesn’t throw f*cking punches!” Bisping said. “That’s a problem! That’s a problem. He doesn’t throw enough. Diaz would, McGregor would. They might lose but they’d f*cking throw, they’d fight, they’d turn up…. Masvidal would beat him. Nate Diaz, will see what happens next year because that fight probably will happen.”
“I think Tyron needs to stop now,” Bisping added. “I think he needs to hang it up.”