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Faber floats idea of exhibition fight with Bisping

ESPN staff
October 4, 2012
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Urijah Faber has challenged Michael Bisping to an exhibition fight, insisting the Brit cannot take a joke.

Faber and Bisping have been involved in verbal sparring for over a month, but the California Kid admits he actually likes the British middleweight. The problem, in Faber's eyes, is that Bisping is prepared to joke around until the laughs are aimed at him.

Bisping recently said of Faber: "They tweet out this video, and Urijah Faber - or 'Urijah Favour' as I call him - because I mean, really, how many title shots can one guy get? - says to them, 'Look at this, that's Bisping on [video]. Do you think you can hit harder than Bisping?'

"So I put: 'Listen, Urijah Favour, Joseph Benavidez, and the rest of the munchkin crew, don't talk s*** just because you're stuck in the bodies of pre-pubescent boys.'"

Faber has since responded by backing up his claim that Bisping cannot take jokes, and the bantamweight backed himself to compete successfully against Bisping if the pair ever fought.

"It's all in good fun. I actually spent some time with him in Afghanistan, and the true thing about Bisping is - he loves to joke around but he cannot take a joke," Faber told MMA: Inside the Cage.

"I was giving him some crap about that. I remember one of the military ladies came up and said something was about a foot long, and I said (holding up fingers about an inch apart) 'Well, Bisping said this is about six inches!', and he friggin lost it. His face got all red, he was spitting around for a comeback.

"You know, the bottom line is that I've got respect for Bisping, I think he's a cool enough guy. But I'd get in there and scrap with him. I think it'd go well. I think I'd have an advantage on the ground.

"I wouldn't wanna take a clean punch from the guy because he's so much bigger. Although I have a great big chin here, I think he'd have trouble getting to it. So it'd be an interesting fight. I would do it. Let's do it Bisping, we can do it on the internet. We can do some sparring, or charge people and have an exhibition bout."

Bisping later responded on Twitter: "HAHAHHAHAA I JUST LAUGHED SO HARD. I didn't know Faber was serious. Jesus, all those failed title fights must of messed his brain up."

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