By Jamie McAllister
Middleweight contender Michael Bisping comments while appearing on Inside MMA.
‘The Count’ has been out of action since his loss to Chael Sonnen at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis back in January. He was scheduled to face Tim Boetsch but was forced out of the bout with a knee injury. Bisping comments on his recovery and preparation for his return at UFC 152.
“The knee is fine. It’s still a little sore, every now and then, but it’s not generally giving me any problems. Camp is going great. Everything’s fantastic. Weight’s good. I’m in great shape. I’m ready to do some damage on September 22nd.”
In his next bout Bisping is set to face Brian Stann. Bisping admits he has to worry about Stann’s one-punch knockout power however overall Bisping feels he is more well rounded and has more ways to win.
“Everyone knows he’s a big, powerful, striker, and that’s what I’ve got to look out for. I think, technically, I’ve got him beat. I’m better on the feet. I’m better on the ground. But, obviously, that one-punch knockout power is the thing I’ve got to look out for. I’m training with tough guys. I’m getting beat up on a daily basis, and I’m preparing. I’m doing everything I can. I’ll be ready.”
Bisping commented on the Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones refusal to face Chael Sonnen on eight days notice. Bisping also reminds everyone that he took a bout with Chael Sonnen on eight days notice.
“Listen. When you’re the champion, when you’re the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion of the world, you gotta take fights. It’s hard for me to judge Jon Jones. He’s a hell of a fighter, and he’ll go down in history as the youngest champion ever. He’s incredible, but, I’ve got to say, I was a little disappointed when he didn’t take the fight. He was offered a fight against Chael Sonnen on eight days notice. I, personally, was offered a fight against Chael Sonnen on eight days notice. I chose to take that fight. I don’t know what that means. I don’t know what those facts say. Maybe it means I’m a badass. I took the fight. I’m just confused as to why Jon Jones didn’t. I think it’s a fight Jones would have won. Obviously, he would have been in better shape than Chael. He’s been preparing for that night, so it’s a little confusing.”
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