UFC commentator Michael Bisping recently faced criticism for inaccurately recalling a significant moment in combat sports history.
During a conversation with Anthony Smith, Bisping mistakenly claimed that the historic boxing event, ‘Rumble in the Jungle,’ took place in Manila.
The ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ was a momentous boxing spectacle that occurred on October 30, 1974. This legendary event unfolded in the Republic of Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where two boxing icons, Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, stepped into the ring together.
The event is etched in history as an iconic display of skill and determination. George Foreman, the reigning heavyweight champion at the time, was heavily favored due to his formidable power. However, Muhammad Ali utilized his renowned ‘rope-a-dope’ technique, strategically evading Foreman’s punches while leaning against the ropes to exhaust his opponent.
In the eighth round, Ali unleashed a combination of punches, culminating in a powerful left hook that sent Foreman crashing to the canvas. The bout ended with Ali securing a knockout victory, thus claiming the WBA, WBC, and The Ring heavyweight titles.
The ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ remains a cherished memory for combat sports enthusiasts around the world. However, Michael Bisping, the former UFC middleweight champion, recently faltered when attempting to recall the event’s details. While discussing the possibility of a UFC event in Africa, Bisping mistakenly referred to the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ as having taken place in Manila, Philippines.
During the conversation, Bisping stated, “They have been talking about doing UFC Africa for a while. South Africa, maybe. In Dricus du Plessis’ hometown. I mean, that event would be crazy. It will be like the UFC version of Rumble in The Jungle, but that was in Manila.”
The clip of Bisping’s interview quickly spread across social media, drawing attention and criticism from fans. Many were quick to point out Bisping’s error, emphasizing that as a professional commentator, he should strive for greater accuracy and knowledge. Fans also drew parallels to another recent incident involving Joe Rogan, who had inaccurately placed the ‘Thrilla in Manila’ event in Africa.
Borrachinha Depot, shared the clip and commented, “Last week, Rogan said that the Thrilla in Manila was in Africa. This week, Bisping said that the Rumble in the Jungle was in Manila.” The post garnered significant attention, with fans expressing amusement and disbelief at the commentators’ incorrect recollections.
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