Michael Bisping calls Luke Rockhold homophobic slur after UFC 199

Sunday June 5th, 2016

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New UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping was caught directing a homophobic slur at Luke Rockhold at the UFC 199 post-fight press conference.

Following Bisping’s shocking first-round knockout that helped him claim the belt from Rockhold, the two engaged in a heated exchange in front of the media.

Rockhold first refused to shake Bisping’s hand, calling out his attitude after the fight.

“Give your respect, don’t be a smug [expletive] about it,” Rockhold said. 

This led to Bisping launching an expletive-laced tirade and UFC officials having to step in between the fighters. 

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As Bisping walked away, he hurled the slur at Rockhold.

“[Homophobic slur]!” Bisping said. “[Expletive], I probably shouldn’t have said that.”

This is the second-time Bisping has been filmed using that specific slur, also using it in a promotional video for UFC 127.

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The UFC has yet to make a statement regarding Bisping’s language. 

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