- A Power Slap League contestant claimed he felt ill after Michael Bisping slapped hours before his slap fight
- “The Count” addressed the subject and shared his theory of what might have happened to the contestant
UFC commentator Michael Bisping was at the Apex to be a presenter at Dana White’s Power Slap League. He made waves after slapping a contestant while inside the locker room and little did the former middleweight champion know, it would cause quite a stir later on that night.
According to Bisping, the contestant, Jesse Nutting took his slap because they were fooling around and he swore it wasn’t that hard. However, Nutting later claimed he felt ill because of Bisping’s slap afterwards and wanted to withdraw from the competition.
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A bizarre situation
Telling it all on his YouTube channel, Bisping replayed the actual video of the slapping to let the viewers see that it was far from a real and hard slap. The Brit then went on and revealed the bizarre things that took place after.
“The guy that got slapped Jesse nutting was involved in the last bout of the day and it comes to his turn and he never comes out. ‘Oh, this is a bit weird’ and like I get paranoid, I overthink everything, I’m like ‘Oh my God! it’s not because I slapped him and then all of a sudden the producer comes in and says, ‘Mike, he’s pulled out the competition today because of the way you slapped him.’ I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?’ I said, ‘I didn’t even do it hard, he begged me to do it.’ He said apparently, after you slapped him he got all that dizzy and fuzzy and now he’s got a headache and he doesn’t wanna compete and I was like, ‘Oh my God! I don’t believe this!’ Anyway, the doctor checked him out. The doctor says that he’s totally fine and he could of competing but he didn’t and in my mind, I’m like, ‘Oh my God this is ridiculous!’… This is Dana’s new thing that he’s doing, they put a lot of money into this and here’s me the commentator backstage at the Apex… slapping their contestants and they’re dropping out like this is not a good look. I do not wanna be labeled as a slapper someone that’s ruining the event and going around assaulting people in the locker rooms,” Bisping recalled.
Bisping has a theory
Sharing his honest take on what really went down that night, Bisping concluded that Nutting probably saw how gruesome the knockouts in the slap fights before him and decided to just back out and blame him. In the end, Nutting came out and still performed.
“I think he saw some of that stuff and you know what, ‘I do not fancy this. I know, I’m gonna blame Bisping for slapping me and then I’m gonna withdraw. So, that is my version of the story in fact that is what happened but that’s my version of my opinion of Jesse Nutting away didn’t compete that day but it did go on to compete none the less,” Bisping added.
Meanwhile, White’s Power Slap League is being heavily criticized by some of the most notable names in the MMA community. Among them were Brendan Schaub, who previously labeled it “a sh*t show” and UFC bantamweight contender Sean O’Malley, who admitted that he couldn’t stand watching the actual slap fighting for a second.
White finally responded and ultimately tried to shut naysayers up by telling them to “educate yourself before u open the YAP.”