Jason Parillo has been by Michael Bisping’s side for the majority of the ups and downs in his MMA career.
This past weekend at UFC 199, Parillo stood Octagon-side as Bisping dominated Luke Rockhold, becoming the UFC middleweight champion.
Parillo, during an interview with “Submission Radio,” reflected on the bout, including his thoughts about whether or not Bisping could get the job done.
“I’m gonna be honest with you, I’m a coach. You know, you hear coaches, you hear fighters, they run their mouth, “I knew this was gonna happen, I had no doubts in my mind”. Honestly, I didn’t. I believed in Mike,” he said. “I knew where we have gone, you know, not only physically but psychologically over the last five years or whatever. He’s grown leaps and bounds between the Thales Leites fight. And [in] the Anderson Silva fight we really peaked on what we were trying to establish with him and his game and his mentality, and everything just really lined up for this fight, it really did.
“I mean, as we know, Luke Rockhold beat Mike before, he stopped him. And facing a guy that stopped you in a five-round fight – he stopped him in two rounds – you know, a lot of times, in any of the fight organizations, it’s tough to beat a guy that’s beaten you before. Not just physically, but psychologically you have a lot of doubts going into it. Mike was positive and believed in himself. I was positive in believing him. His family did, his management did, all the other coaches did. We really, really had a strong belief in Mike in this fight. And the fact that he beat Anderson Silva, I know as a coach – and you hear me talk about it – the mindset and the psychological game of it all, it’s very valuable and it’s very important.
“It’s not bullshit, it’s the truth. At the end of the day, I knew Mike’s mind was in a place that it needed to be for this fight, regardless of shooting a movie and only having two-weeks notice. I also know with Mike, and I said it to you guys, Mike is firing as hard on the first day as he is the last day, and I knew physically and condition-wise we weren’t going to have a problem. And knowing where Mike’s mind was and where Mike’s mind is, I knew we were going to win this fight.”
As for who Bisping’s first title defense might come against, Parillo isn’t ruling out anybody, including a rematch with Rockhold while former champion Chris Weidman waits on the sidelines. Bisping replaced Weidman in the recent headliner.
“Weidman might have to wait. Weidman might have to wait because he never beat Luke Rockhold. We beat Luke Rockhold. Michael Bisping knocked out Luke Rockhold. And fair enough to Luke Rockhold, Rockhold’s got a submission victory over Mike,” he said. “So in all reality, it makes more sense to go in that direction. I would love to see a rematch. I think it’s fair enough. You know, they can go at it again right now. I’m in the hype of the victory and in the hype of the victory of my fighter, so I think to myself, Mike will take on anybody after this fight. And when you’re world champion and Mike’s a world champion – Mike’s never ducked a guy before he won the world title, Mike will never duck a guy after he won the world title.”