Ex-Middleweight Champ Michael Bisping Denies Being Offered Fight with Derek Brunson

By Tristen Critchfield Feb 21, 2018

Michael Bisping is calling Derek Brunson’s bluff.

On Tuesday, Brunson called out the former UFC middleweight champion, posting a picture of a signed bout agreement on Twitter. However, the name of the opponent and the date were blacked out, so it could have been an old contract. Wherever it came from, it apparently has nothing to do with Bisping.

“Photoshop is a fantastic thing,” Bisping said Wednesday on UFC Tonight. “I have not been offered a fight with ‘Derelict’ Brunson.”

Bisping is still contemplating whether to take a retirement fight. Initially, that was expected to take place at UFC Fight Night 127 in London, but “The Count” recently removed himself from consideration for that event. Bisping has said that his family and friends have urged him to retire without making one last trip to the Octagon.

Brunson, meanwhile, suffered a first-round knockout loss to Ronaldo Souza in his most recent outing in the UFC on Fox 27 headliner on Jan. 27. Prior to that defeat, the 34-year-old had earned consecutive first-round knockout victories over Daniel Kelly and Lyoto Machida.

“I think [Brunson] is still a shadow of his former self after getting knocked out against ‘Jacare’ recently,” Bisping said. “Derek, you’re a good guy. You’re making moves, but I’ve got bigger fish to fry.

“I don’t even know whose bout agreement that is. Derek, good try.”

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