Tyson Fury has found an unlikely ally in UFC icon Michael Bisping.
“The Gypsy King” was supposed to face Oleksandr Usyk in the first four-belt heavyweight title fight on February 17 – but he is now at the center of a crazy conspiracy theory.
After the WBC heavyweight champion was cut from fighting and postponed his fight with Usyk until May 18, some fans suggested Fury cut himself on purpose to avoid facing the undefeated Ukrainian.
Bisping, who famously became a UFC champion after losing an eye, defended Fury, calling conspiracy theories about his injury “ridiculous.”
“The Count” knocked out Luke Rockhold to become the UFC middleweight king in June 2016, but he was knocked out in their first meeting after deciding to fight with a cut like the one Fury is currently nursing.
“It’s ridiculous,” Bisping told Gareth A. Davies on talkSPORT Fight Night.
“It really is. I’ve been there myself. I cut myself several times in training.
“When I left for the UFC [Sydney in November 2014] To fight Luke Rockhold the first time, I got kneed in the head and had a huge cut over my eye, but I chose to fight.
“In the fight – and I’m not looking for excuses – this cut opened immediately, almost from the first initiation of contact. This cut opened immediately.
“Tyson did the right thing. People are getting cut. It’s a professional sport, you have to train hard and train hard to prepare for these kinds of fights.
“You train as you choose to fight. Unfortunately, these things happen. »
Bisping is sure no one who understands combat sports even a little bit is repeating the conspiracy theory about Fury, who he believes won’t benefit from extra time to prepare for Usyk.
He added: “Those who make up conspiracy theories have nothing better to do, they really don’t.
“If they knew anything about the sport and the type of preparation involved, then you would know these things happen.
“The good news is that it has been postponed. This isn’t Tyson Fury trying to prepare for longer, all he’s going to do is overtrain.
“It happens all the time. How many fights in the UFC get canceled or postponed because of training injuries? I don’t understand why there’s a controversy, or a conversation, to be quite frank.”