UFC middleweight Michael Bisping has never lacked confidence or the desire to share his self-belief with the rest of the world. In truth, his poise is part of why he’s been so successful in his career, entering most efforts with a mental edge over his opponents. However, even Bisping is willing admit he has room to grow, recently revealing he doesn’t feel he’s ever fully displayed his complete skill-set inside the Octagon.
“I haven’t fought to the best of my abilities yet. There are a lot of things I haven’t done yet in the UFC that I’ve always done in training,” said Bisping in an interview with MixedMartialArts.com. “In my next fights, I’m going back to how I used to fight. I’m going to do spinning back-kicks. I haven’t been doing spinning back-kicks in the UFC.”
Asked who else he’d like to see action against at some point, Bisping went with the obvious choice, calling for a championship clash while also confessing he shares the load of the blame for not having earned one thus far in his UFC career.
“I have the utmost admiration for Anderson Silva. He’s proven time and time again that he’s the best. I’m a big fan of Anderson Silva, his fighting style as well as him as a person. I’ve met him a few times, and he’s a good guy. But he’s also the guy I’d most like to fight as well. It would be a travesty if when I retire, I’ve never fought him,” explained Bisping. “I’ve been close a few times. But that’s nobody’s fault but mine. It’s nobody’s fault but mine and some TRT and some clever doctors.”
The 33-year old Englishman lost out on title-shots after suffering stumbles against Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen, both of whom subscribe to the controversial practice of testosterone replacement therapy. Of course, Belfort and Sonnen aren’t the only opponents Bisping would like to get revenge against.
“I’d like to rematch everyone I ever lost to. I’d like to fight Wanderlei Silva again after that bullsh*t victory he had against me. I’d like to fight Chael again. Even he said I won that fight. I’d fight Rashad Evans. I’d fight Dan Henderson again too. He beat me fair and square, but I still want to fight him again. Obviously I can’t do anything without that fight coming up, seeing pictures of it on message boards,” concluded Bisping on the match-ups he’d love to see materialize with one final shot at Belfort, calling him a “Bible-bashing…boring bastard”.
Bisping-Belcher will serve as the co-headliner on April 27 at UFC 159. Bisping holds a career mark of 23-5 with eighteen stoppages, while Belcher is 18-7 with nine TKOs and seven submissions notched in his win column.
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