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Bisping vs. Evans: Battle of the bloggers

evans_ufc78.jpgUFC president Dana White may not be a big fan of blogs, but Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping, who are set to due to battle no Nov. 17 at UFC 78 in Newark, N.J., are having a war of words courtesy of their blogs at UFC.com that is starting to escalate.

I guess you could say that Evans perhaps started the war of words with this passage:

I think his main attribute always has been not his striking or anything about his fight game – it’s his attitude. He actually believes that he’s this monster, this beast. It’s kinda like how Diego Sanchez was – he had this attitude, and I think that’s what makes him persevere through fights, this attitude that he’s bigger than life, and I think that carries him a lot, and a big part of the reason why he’s undefeated. Of course, if you’re gonna have that attitude, you’ve got to be really honest with yourself. You’re gonna say, ‘If I’m gonna lose, I’m gonna make it a loss like this, where this guy is feeling me every single second and he never wants to fight me again.’ Then you can afford to have that attitude where you think you’re a beast, because win or lose, you are a beast, and I think you come out on top no matter what.

bisping_ufc78.jpgBisping responded to Evans’ initial blog post and took offense to some of his comments. It kind of reads as if he’s reaching a tad:

I read Rashad’s column on UFC.com the other day and also watched his video interview, both with great interest. He seems to be saying I think I am better than I actually am, that I am fooling myself into a false sense of security or whatever and am even taking it easy in the gym because I believe my own hype.

For Rashad to think I am arrogant in my own ability is complete rubbish. Look at my interview, I’ve always stressed I am learning as I go along, that I am a few steps behind the top of the division. I have never, ever, ever thought “I’m undefeated, I am great, and so I can take it easy” or believed my own hype or anything like that.

It didn’t end there:

Let me tell you Rashad – I’ve got a lot more going for me that my attitude. There’s a lot to my game and I’m looking forward to setting you straight on a few things. One of the things I won’t be setting straight will be your nose! ;-)

And now Evans is apparently unhappy that Bisping is unhappy with what what he said. He’s taking things one step further in his latest blog post by making it known that he feels Bisping’s decision to train in the UK is a mistake:

I read that Bisping’s staying home to train for this fight, and I think he’s making a mistake by not going with Rampage’s camp again because it’s so important to have great guys to train with who can push you. You can’t go into practice and be the top dog every day. You want to get your ass kicked in practice. You want to walk away from practice saying, ‘man, what is going on?

He concluded by directing the following comments to Bisping:

I’ll leave this week’s blog with a message for Bisping. Mike, on November 17th, you can look forward to staring across the ring at somebody who’s gonna bring immense pressure, something you’ve never felt before. We’re gonna stand and just got toe to toe and battle it out. Believe me, you’ve never felt this before. You probably went to camp with Rampage and Rampage never gave it to you like I’m gonna give it to you. If you got jumped by ten people, I think your ass whipping would be less than what I’m gonna give you on November 17th.

Suddenly there’s some juice behind this match and we could get some more from Bisping’s next blog, which is due by the end of the week.

To be honest, I don’t see the big deal with what Evans said in his initial blog post. But whenever you’re out in public talking before a big fight you always run the risk of your opponent deliberately taking things out of context in order to give themself some sort of an edge.

Certain fighters need an edge to compete at their top level and are just looking for an excuse to not like their opponent. This could be an example of that but it looks like Evans is handling it just fine since he’s using it as training fuel as well.

(HT: Richard Cartey)