Former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping recently responded to Nate Diaz’ ”goofy f*****” Twitter diss.
Diaz took aim at Bisping after the former fighter-turned-analyst suggested it would be “not a good idea” for Diaz to box Jake Paul. Paul recently earned a unanimous decision win over former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva in the boxing ring.
And considering Diaz used to be a lightweight fighter coupled with his inability to use his full fighting game in a boxing match, Bisping cautioned Diaz against accepting a fight with “The Problem Child.”
Well, Diaz responded to Bisping’s analysis with a now-deleted tweet.
Share a photo of Dan Henderson defeating “The Count” at UFC 100, Diaz wrote: “The only fight I’ve ever seen from that silly f*****. Don’t hate me if you’re not me MB.”
Bisping then responded to Diaz via his YouTube channel. And in short, Bisping made it clear that it meant no disrespect to the fighting icon, but he didn’t back down.
“As we know, Nate Diaz was in the building, he was escorted out of the building and got into a scuffle with Jake Paul,” Bisping said (h/t MMA News). “I said Nate Diaz might lose to Jake Paul… of course that struck a chord with Nate Diaz, he came out on Twitter the other day and said ‘I want to see anyone fight this stupid shit ever been in’ … showed a picture of me being knocked out against Dan Henderson. Nate Diaz, come on buddy, what’s your problem? I didn’t say anything bad, I didn’t say anything disrespectful at all.
“The reality is the position I’m in…we’re analysts, we’re commentators, we do extracurricular stuff too…and we talk about the sport and we have to give opinions…sometimes I was right, sometimes I was wrong, but 9 times out of 10 I have offended someone.
“I didn’t say anything bad about Nate Diaz, I just said he’s the smaller guy and used to fight at 155. And in a boxing match, all of his skills are taken away from him… and Jake Paul is mostly a boxer.”
Bisping’s original comments came in another YouTube video on The Count’s channel. He pointed to Diaz’s success in the Octagon as a 155-pound fighter compared to 170. Diaz’s only championship opportunity came in 2012 as a lightweight, and as Bisping mentioned, Diaz’s distribution as a UFC welterweight is 5-5.
Paul weighed just under 187 pounds for his tilt with Silva.
“While most of Nate Diaz’s fights were at 155, he was a lightweight, then he went up to welterweight, 170 pounds, and he went 5-5,” said Bisping (h/t MMA Fighting). “The only knockout he scored was against Rory Markham in 2010.
“Listen, with boxing gloves on, I don’t think it’s a good idea for Nate Diaz. Nate Diaz was a great mixed martial artist. He’s beaten some phenomenal people, had a tremendous career. He’s lost a few fights and won a lot of fights. The jiu-jitsu would be gone, the kick game would be gone, the general craftsmanship and game plans and the adversity of attacks, punches, kicks, knees, elbows, chokes, chokes, triangles, takedowns, you name it.