Retired former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping believes that Dillashaw relinquishing the title is almost an admission of guilt.
“I don’t break the circle of trust,” Bisping said on Believe You Me (via Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting). “I don’t speak outside of school. I don’t tell tales outside of f*cking tale-telling time but I’m telling you this, circle of trust or not, no motherf*cker relinquishes their belt out of respect for the rest of the division. It ain’t about the rest of the division, it’s about me. I’m not gonna relinquish my belt once I destroy the competition and become the champion. I’m not gonna relinquish my belt out of respect for the competition. You just wouldn’t do that. So that in itself - and I apologize if I’m wrong - is almost an admittance of guilt. It really is. You would not relinquish your belt unless there was some kind of guilt and you know you’re in a no-win situation.”
The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) has already suspended Dillashaw one year for the adverse findings.
Bisping knows that cheating in MMA is a real thing and he even has some injuries that prove it.
“To cheat in this sport, the danger is very, very real,” Bisping said. “I have the injuries still to this day. I’m not gonna go into them, but I do, from people taking steroids and cheating people. There’s supposed to be honor and a certain moral code when you fight.”