Former UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping has related the death of Maxim Dadashev to a famous movie.

Last month, two fighters died because of damages incurred from boxing. Russian boxer Dadashev made the headlines after refusing to withdraw from a fight which happened to be his last. Several weeks later, former UFC champ Bisping provided his unique insight about the recent deaths in combat sports, specifically Dadashev’s case.

In his own podcast “Believe You Me,” Bisping described Dadashev’s death as very awful and heart-wrecking. Although Bisping admitted that he barely knew Dadashev, he felt sorry for the boxer and his family.

The former champ really wanted to make a point about the issue and even compared the young boxer’s death to the famous movie “Rocky.” According to the Bisping, Dadashev’s final moments inside the ring resembles a certain scene in Rocky where the protagonist didn’t want to stop despite being instructed by the coach to surrender.

“That is like something from the 'Rocky' movie,” Bisping said.

The UFC Hall of Famer also pointed out that he truly understood Dadashev for not wanting to stop because as fighters, “moral victory” and pride is important.

However, Bisping believes that it is the coach’s job to protect their fighters should such scenarios take place during a fight.

“I understand that mentality because we have our pride as men but that’s why coaches are there to protect you from yourself,” Bisping exclaimed.

Just recently, another world champion sent an important message for the boxing officials regarding the matter. WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder advised that the referees should go back to training in order for them to know how to prevent a fighter from receiving more damage in a fight.

“The only thing I think that would help, (is to) take these referees back into training. You know for certain things, a lot of these referees, they don’t what they’re doin’ in certain situations. I think they need to go back and be trained,” Wilder explained.

Earlier this month, the World Boxing Council already released a statement about the alarming deaths in boxing. According to Mauricio Sulaiman, president of World Boxing Council, it is about time for the whole boxing community to figure out what they have been doing wrong, New York Times reported.

“This is a time where we all need to go back to the drawing board and understand what is happening. Because something is happening,” Sulaiman said.

Sulaiman also emphasized that fighters will do their job as fighters and that is to do whatever it takes to win.

“Any boxer who goes to the ring is willing to do whatever he has to do to win — whatever he has to do to be successful and make money for his family. If you ask him to fight 20 rounds, he will do whatever it takes. They’re warriors. It’s our duty to protect them from themselves,” Sulaiman added.

Maxim Dadashev
Maxim Dadashev returns to his corner after the fourth round of his junior welterweight IBF World Title Elimination fight against Subriel Matias (not pictured) at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 19, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Getty Images/Scott Taetsch
Michael Bisping
Michael Bisping's finest moment came when he defeated Luke Rockhold to win the UFC middleweight championship in 2016. Pictured: Michael Bisping hugs his daughter Ellie Bisping after defeating Luke Rockhold in their Middleweight Title Bout at UFC 199 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, June 4, 2016. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images