“I planned on fighting Luke and planned on finishing him [at UFC 199]. There’s things that Bisping was saying that we saw and planned on capitalizing on, too. It’s hard to talk like that when Bisping got the knockout and I’m here with a cut on my neck. So, I’ll save the talk until I get my next fight… I’ll be at Madison Square Garden waiting for whoever wants it. Bisping doesn’t want it. You know, it was my title shot and he had the opportunity because of me. Now he’s trying to fight the thirteenth ranked guy in the division. It’s good for him. Good for him, man. Fight anybody you want. He’s trying to get a ‘W’ under his belt. Hey, if he can make it happen, good for him. I’m not going to cry about it, honestly.”
-Chris Weidman talks about Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, and his willingness to fight anyone in New York this November in an interview with MMAJunkie.com.
Penick’s Analysis: Weidman’s not getting Bisping in New York, but he’s almost assuredly going to be on that card if he’s healthy enough to return. The Rockhold fight has to still be the front-runner, but depending on what the UFC books in Weidman’s absence there could be some other options that make sense for that date and event as well. We’ll get a better idea of where things stand based on what’s booked over the next few months.
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