Let’s make one thing clear I do not like Michael Bisping. He is a disturbing, pompous jerk and that is on a good day. He is the type of person who says what is on his mind but the moment you call him on his crap he will tell you you’re out of line. But make no mistake about it Saturday night, although the scorecards don’t reflect it, Michael Bisping won.
Bisping won on many levels but the most important thing he won last night was respect. Many of his critics will tell you he is at least top ten. With his performance last night tells me is he is the best middleweight in the world not called Anderson Silva. Sonnen looked flat and outside of the takedowns looked very weak. Bisping looked a lot stronger than Sonnen and dominated on the feet. Bisping stuffed many takedowns and the handful of times Bisping was taken down was very brief time spent on the ground.
Where does Michael Bisping go from here?
Dispelling myths of Michael Bisping:
Many people refer to Michael Bisping as a glass jaw pillow fisted Brit who fights handpicked opponents but when you look at Bisping record and opposition you will find that he has only been stopped once in his career to Dan Henderson and we all know Hendo possesses one punch ko power. In his UFC career he has a record of 12-3 with 8 stoppages. That does not sound like someone who is pillow fisted.
He has fought the likes of Rashad Evans, Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen, Chris Leben, Dennis Kang, Jason Miller, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Dan Miller. What Bisping does really well is dominate on his feet using very good fundamental boxing skills. He has strength and most importantly cardio as he never seems to tire. The longer a fight goes the better Bisping looks.
What we can take away from last night is that Bisping can hang with the very best in the world and if all goes to plan could very well end up getting a title shot if he is victorious in his next fight. Like Bisping or not he took a fight on 10 days notice and beat Sonnen.
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