Michael Bisping weighs in on Sean Strickland’s ‘headbutt’ claim: “The reality is these things just happen”

By Susan Cox - January 23, 2024

Michael Bisping is weighing in on Sean Strickland’s ‘headbutt’ claim.

Michael Bisping

It was at UFC 297 this past weekend where Dricus Du Plessis (21-2 MMA) defeated Sean Strickland (28-6 MMA) in a middleweight title bout to claim the belt as his own.

The former champion, Strickland commented on the fight and the head clash that occurred, sharing a photo on Instagram of the stitches that were required on his eyelid and saying:

“I didn’t take the cowards way out and tell the doctor I couldn’t see and got a no contest…. The only reason why you took a round from me is because I couldn’t see.. I won that fight, the world knows I won that fight……. The belt they gave you will never make you a champion, enjoy….”

They had to stitch through muscle to get it closed.”

Michael Bisping, addressed Strickland’s comments in a video on his YouTube channel saying (h/t MMANews):

“A headbutt is intentional, a clash of heads is accidental and maybe there was an accidental clash of heads.”

Continuing Bisping added:

“Unfortunately in mixed martial arts, one of the toughest sports on the planet, things like that happen and you’ve just got to roll with it. That’s how it goes. I mean, I’ve had it myself. I mean I fought with one eye for many years.”

Concluding, the now 44-year-old commentator Michael Bisping relayed:

“The reality is these things just happen and the comeback from Dricus Du Plessis, ‘why don’t you cry about again’, as I say, 10-8, 10-7, no that’s a knockout, that’s a TKO, wipe the floor it’s done.”

Yes, the reality is, according to the judges, Strickland lost and Du Plessis won. ‘Stillknocks‘ is the new UFC middleweight champion.

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