Michael Bisping has recalled an amazing story from a visit to a United States army base in Afghanistan.
Bisping rode along with BJ Penn, Urijah Faber and Carlos Condit and they had a gym complete with a boxing ring set up in the base.
After chatting awhile with the Special Forces unit, the fighters were eventually asked if they wanted to have a friendly spar.
After a few of them took turns, things started going down. Transcribed below, this is how it played out:
“I was like ‘alright cool. I’ll spar with you.’ So we put the gloves on and I’m just messing with the guy throwing out a couple of light jabs.”
Then Condit came in and put gloves on:
“To be fair, the guy was cool. We had a nice friendly spar and I threw a few jabs and I took it easy and that was that, we finished.
“One guy then says to Carlos Condit, another one of the special forces guys, ‘do you want to spar’ and Carlos Condit says ‘yeah, sure, no problem.’
“Oh, and by the way, they call him the Natural Born Killer, that guy is cool as f***. He never raises his voice and he’s super mellow.”
“They put the gloves on and the special forces guy says ‘how hard do you want to spar?’
“Carlos replies ‘I’ll hit you, as hard as you hit me,’ which is a fair answer, but it was a very cool answer because he was [saying] ‘if you want to go hard motherf***er, we will go hard, but if you want to keep it light and friendly then we can go light and friendly, the ball is in your court.’
“So the guy says ‘cool’ but then all of a sudden, right then and there the special forces guy BANG … he sucker punches him as hard as he can and I mean a f***ing hard shot and Carlos goes down to the floor.”
Condit then switched to Natural Born Killer…
“It was a big heavy shot, but Carlos gets up, shakes his head, get’s his s** together, and then just goes at the guy.
“Jab, right hand, left head kick, BOOM, knocks the special forces guy straight through the ropes onto the floor, unconscious, out cold.
“Everyone in the room was looking around like holy s***.
“I was like ‘oh Carlos, I’m not sure that was the best thing to do,’ but fair play, ever since I saw that I was like he’s a bad motherf***er man. He’s a great guy.”
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