Not to stir up the conspiracy pot too much, but Bisping just tweeted Kendall Grove on June 5th telling him that he's got a fight with Boetsch on July 21st and that "Anytime u wanna train say the word!
".....And now Bisping is out of the fight? Not the strangest thing to happen, but a little coincidental no?
I honestly think the UFC protects Bispings as much as they can to ensure a viable UK draw, but truthfully I believe Bisping has the tools to beat Lombard and isn't a fight that I think he'd duck. If anything, I'd think ZUFFA didn't want to have Lombard fight a massive MW with good all around skill and point striking in his debut tilt with the company, seeing as he's one of their biggest signs of the year.
This is a little hinky but I'm 70/30 that it's legit on Bisping's end....