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Michael Bisping Responds To Biased Commentary Accusations

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At UFC 271, Michael Bisping stepped into the commentary booth in place of the absent Joe Rogan

In the main event of the evening, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya successfully defended his title against challenger Robert Whittaker in a closely contested bout. Throughout the course of the fight, Bisping was accused by fans of being biased towards Adesanya in his commentary.

Bisping’s alleged bias certainly had no effect on the judge’s scorecards, but many felt that ‘The Count’ was intentionally highlighting Izzy’s success while not acknowledging Whittaker’s better moments over the 25 minute affair. 

Bisping responded to the claims of biased commentary on social media saying that he simply “called it like he saw it.” 

“Lots of people saying I has biased commentary,” said Bisping on Twitter. “That’s crazy. I called it like I saw it. Big opening round for Izzy. Then real close rounds after that, but I had Izzy winning most. 5 was robs best round. 2 probably went to him also. Close fight, very technical, well done to both!”

Though the general consensus is that Adesanya won the fight, many MMA fans and Whittaker himself felt that he did enough to secure the victory on Saturday night.

“I thought I did enough,” Whittaker said at the post-event press conference. “I thought I did enough. Breaking it down, I think I lost the first round, I put myself back together. I think I beat him to every punch. I got takedowns. I thought I did enough, but it is what it is. That’s how work goes in the office. So I want to go back, evolve some more and get better. Fine tune the things that I’ve been working on, and come back a better man.”

Do you think Whittaker did enough to earn the ‘W’ at UFC 271 or do you agree with Michael Bisping’s assessment?


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