Whether its spitting on his opponents corners or threatening to fight the entire camp of Team Alpha Male, UFC middleweight Michael Bisping always seems to find his way onto the front pages of MMA websites. Most of the time its from his brand of trash-talking, much of which has put him in the news again numerous times in front of his UFC 152 bout with Brian Stann. Usually it takes two to tango to really garner the attention of fans, but Stann isn’t biting. In fact, he doesn’t even care.
“I absolutely 100-percent don’t care. I really don’t,” Stann told MMAweekly. “Me and Mike aren’t friends, merely acquaintances, so he knows nothing about me. So I don’t see how we’d be insulted by anything we’d say to one another.”
Whenever a fighter starts to really tear into another ahead of the fight, the opponents rarely admit they’re irked by an adversary’s attitude leading up to a bout even if fans and media members aren’t likely to believe them. Stann, a former WEC light heavyweight champ, falls into the catergory of being the exception, not the rule.
“One thing I know about Mike, he’s an intelligent guy. He knows what he’s doing,” Stann said. “He gets paid very, very well to do what he does, and one of those reasons is because he generates a lot of interest in his fights. I knew that was a part of the game.”
The 12-4 Stann is coming off of a knockout win over Alessio Sakara at UFC on Fuel: Gustafsson vs. Silva in April, but dropped his previous fight against Chael Sonnen at UFC 136 – his first loss since dropping down to middleweight. Bisping, who is now 22-4, is looking to rebound after his loss to Sonnen at UFC on FOX: Evans vs. Davis in January. Bisping took the fight on 8 days notice and came up short on the scorecards, losing a closely-contested decision.
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