Hall of Famer Michael Bisping wasn't impressed with Israel Adesanya's decision victory over Yoel Romero at UFC 248 on Saturday.
Adesanya successfully defended his middleweight title in the main event, but both fighters were reluctant to engage in a striking clinic.
"It was disappointing, I was really excited for that fight," Bisping told theScore. "Listen, at the end of the day, winning is the most important thing. But I do feel like at some point, you do got to take risks."
Bisping added, "Yoel was waiting for Adesanya to come in so he could counter. Adesanya didn't want to get into the pocket because, obviously, Yoel hits hard. Adesanya was keeping him at the kicking range, which I guess is a smart thing to do because Yoel can’t hit him there because his legs are longer."
The former UFC middleweight champion understands certain style matchups can create lackluster fights. However, Bisping feels the current 185-pound champion needs to show improvements in his next fight.
"We've all been there, not every fight is the best one. Anderson Silva versus Demian Maia, Anderson Silva versus Thales Leites, these were boring fights. There's always boring fights. You just want to make sure you don’t get in the habit of it. Adesanya better bring his A-game next time."