Sometimes on this crazy blue marble of ours, you have to go bold.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry knows the truth of that assertion. He lives it. Gilberry, who recorded 15 total tackles and 6.5 sacks in 14 games last season in Cincy, may not be a household name in many casual NFL fan circles. However, other circles may know him better. In fact, there may be entire circles out there that Gilberry is indirectly putting on a path to early retirement.
One prime candidate: the luxury automobile dealers of the greater Ohio Valley. One can almost hear them ah-oo-gahing in the boulevard after seeing Gilberry announce on YouTube over the weekend that he is betting his Rolls-Royce Phantom that UFC middleweight Michael "The Count" Bisping won't knock out Alan Belcher in the first round when they fight April 27 at UFC 159.
"Word on the street is this Bisping guy's been running his mouth," Gilberry observed in the video, speaking from the back seat of the presumed Phantom in question with Belcher seated alongside him. "This is my guy right here. And I don't appreciate it...I got a $300,000 car. We got the slips. I'm sure [Bisping's] got something to that value, so you put your slips up, or whatever, and I'll put the Phantom up. If you knock him out in the first round, it's yours."
So far, no direct public response from Bisping on the offer. However, on Sunday Bisping's Twitter account had reposted a fan response to the bet, with the fan opining that "this is why 90% of NFL players are bankrupt within 3 years of retiring from playing." Bisping responded to the fan Monday with a tweet of his own:
Belcher and Gilberry's video was posted by Immunity MMA, Belcher's training program.