Like countless other individuals, UFC middleweight Michael Bisping had his attention squarely on the Octagon last night during the main event match-up at UFC 148 between champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chael Sonnen. After the fight Bisping was asked for his take on what he’d witnessed and, in standard form, “The Count” spoke his mind with little concern about how his words would be received by the masses.
“Let’s be honest – Chael Sonnen is a wrestler. He outwrestled him in the first round. The second round he got out-struck because he’s not a striker,” offered up Bisping to Fuel TV’s post-event show, adding he felt his skill-set was more conducive to victory than Sonnen’s. “I can do both things. I can wrestle and I can strike.”
“Anderson Silva proves time and time again that he’s the man. He’s the best. He really is. But I want to fight him. I’ve been around here for a long, long time and I think I can beat him. I really do,” Bisping continued before taking a shot at the fallen contender. “I won’t get knocked out in the second round like Chael Sonnen did, that’s a fact.”
Before Bisping is booked against Silva he’ll first have to deal with either Alan Belcher or Brian Stann in a fall fight. With things looking more and more like the latter in terms of the future bout, Bisping spoke directly to Stann who was back in studio serving up analysis as part of the Fuel TV broadcast team and essentially sugarcoated a severe warning to the fan-favorite.
“You’re a great fighter, you really are. And you’re a fantastic individual. I have nothing but respect,” began Bisping. “But if you step into that Octagon with me you’re gonna get your ass kicked. Just know that. So when you sign that contract, you’re gonna get knocked out, you’re gonna get beat down, you’re gonna get cut up, you’re gonna get bloodied, you’re gonna get messed up. You’re gonna get beat, period.”
Bisping is currently recovering from minor knee surgery and is expected to be ready to fight again in September.
Watch the full interview with Bisping below:
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