Michael Bisping has revealed how he and Luke Rockhold finally managed to end their rivalry more than five years after their dramatic UFC middleweight title fight.
The Briton intervened on short notice after Chris Weidman retired to the Forum in California to play in the main event of UFC 199 with little giving him a chance.
Barely 18 months after being subdued by Rockhold and taking the fight on only 17 days’ notice, Bisping knocked out the American to become the new middleweight world champion after 24 UFC fights.
Animosity between the two continued after the press conference, with Bisping mocking his fallen foe in front of the media watching him.
For years, it seemed like the two would never crush their beef – until former Bisping coach Jason Parillo posted a video of the two training together.
Speaking outside UFC 263 in Glendale, Arizona, Bisping explained how the two finally put their differences aside after years of frustration.
“This is how all the beef started with me and Luke,” Bisping told talkSPORT.com.
“We trained together years ago and I was talking to fucking journalists like you!” They said, ‘How was the training session?’
“And I said, ‘Well you shouldn’t be talking about it, but I’m now the unofficial champion of Strikeforce! “
“That’s how it all started so I’m not going to make the same mistake!” We’re good, we get along well, it’s nice.
“He just started training at RVCA. I’m retired and busy, so I’m not as much in the gym as I used to be – well, far from it.
“But he’s started to come in and he’s a great addition to the gym and we’re having a little fun!” We had a few jokes with it.
“But God bless you, I’m not going to disrespect him – again!” “
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