UFC 114: Bisping accepted Marquardt fight but instead faces Dan Miller

We all know that UFC middleweight, Michael Bisping will indeed fight Dan Miller at UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans on May 29th in Las Vegas, NV. “The Count” recently revealed that previously he had accepted a fight with fellow middleweight contender, Nate “The Great” Marquardt.

Marquardt turned down the fight, saying the birth of his first child is expected too close to the fight. Bisping reveals that it was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down but he empathise with Marquardt’s decision.

Bisping, speaking to Fighter Only, said:

“Mine is due 17th of May, third child. Twelve days before the fight. But its what I do – I am a fighter, I have to take fights. It doesn’t feel fantastic but I will be there for the birth of my child and then I will be getting on a plane and flying out to Vegas.”

“I don’t know -yeah, maybe. To be fair I think his due date is a little bit closer than mine is but I would still have taken the fight. But fair play to him, you never know what is going to happen with a birth, if its going to be late or anything, so they’re worried about things like that.

“And its their first child. It’s my third child – not that its any less special than the first. But I am a fighter, that’s what I do for a living. I am going to pay for that child to have a good lie with the money I earn by fighting. But no disrespect to Marquardt, that’s his decision. he is not the kind of fighter who ducks fights. I’m sure we’ll meet down the line.”

“[The fight] was offered to me as well and I immediately said yes. I have never questioned an opponent in my life. On paper, because I am coming off a loss, it could have been better to take an easier fight but they offered Marquardt and I said right, if that’s who you want me to fight, great. I think they would have done a Primetime show featuring me and Rampage, Rashad and Marquardt so it would have been team vs. team.

“I think I match up well with Marquardt. He’s had some good momentum behind him but if you look at the guys that he has beaten none of them are amazing. Kampmann went down to welterweight, he got beat by Thales Leites. Wilson Gouveia blows hot and cold, a decent fighter but he’s been axed by the UFC now so there you go. I think I match up well. He is good fighter, great skills, good camp and very experienced but I think I match up well with pretty much anyone in the middleweight division.”

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