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Wednesday, 01/18/2012, 09:52 am

UFC NEWS – "I'm not on the anti-Bisping bandwagon,” says Sonnen

“I’m not on the anti-Bisping bandwagon. I never have been. I think he’s good. I hear a lot of negative things said about him, but I think most of it comes from frustration of maybe his personality or something like that. I think if you’re real objective and you look at his skill set and his in-ring ability, you’ll know that he’s a talented guy. He’s definitely cocky and arrogant, which is two qualities that I like in a person. I like a cocky guy and I like an arrogant guy, so he earns points with me in those regards, but I think it turns a lot of people off … I’ve never even seen Bisping in trouble. I’ve never seen him come out of there cut and scraped and bruised. He seems to go in, take care of business and go home.”

In a recent interview with USA Today, UFC middleweight contender, Chael Sonnen shares his reactions to his last minute opponent change for the upcoming UFC on FOX 2 event.

Originally scheduled to face Mark Munoz next week, Sonnen will now step in the cage against Michael Bisping after Munoz was forced to withdraw due to injury.

Many fans have been anxiously anticipating a Bisping vs. Sonnen matchup, not because of the fight itself but because of the pre-fight hype/trash talk. With both being epic trash talkers many thought the two would trade verbal insults until ones hand is raised inside the cage.

That however does not seem to be the case, they both seem to like each other and with just 10 days left until fight night, this last minute matchup doesn’t have much time to build a heated rivalry.

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72 Responses to “UFC NEWS – "I'm not on the anti-Bisping bandwagon,” says Sonnen”

  1. danriverapv says:

    obviously he has not seen Michael fight Hendo or Wanderlei.

    • Jujitsu Player says:

      Hendo I’ll give you but the Wand fight was very close. I wish people would stop banging on about the Hendo knock out. The Hendo fans forget when he got raped off a 170lb Jake Shields who couldn’t buy a win in the UFC or when he got owned by Silva….Bisping has a great UFC record and deserves this shot and IMO was max 1 fight away from deserving a title shot anyway….It’s a bad match up because Chael has great wrestling but if Bisping can keep it on his feet he could own Chael in the stand up.

    • GEORGE DELGADO says:


    • phace says:

      This article is referencing Chael’s comments BEFORE Bisping went on the attack. See what is said in the coming days. I think this fight may be a little safer for Chael than the Munoz fight. It leaves a higher likelihood of the Silva vs. Sonnen II bout. It’s not guaranteed(since Bisping is tough) but I think it’s more likely that Chael will win his opportunity to lose to the champ again. 😀

  2. Chael quote"I like a Cocky" says:

    I hope they double KO each other

  3. CanILive says:

    he’s listening to rampage – not feeding bisping, cause chael knows he’s going to destroy him lol

  4. NokkonWud says:

    Getting knocked out isn’t trouble, that’s getting caught, it can happen to anybody, getting in trouble is when you come out of the fight looking considerably worse then when you went in, cut, bruised, a beaten man, like Rua against Jones.

    As for the Wanderlei reference, I don’t get it, I’ve seen that fight many times and I still don’t understand how Wanderlei got the win. He put a 30 second spurt in and put Bisping on the floor in the final round, but it was a fight bossed by Bisping, it’s a rough loss on his record.

  5. MMA Elite says:

    he wasnt in trouble with hendo he just got caught with the H bomb

  6. davvee says:

    yeah he missed the wnado fight and hendo…bisbing cant evem take wando washed up,,,there is no way he deserve a title shot,,,the world knows cheal will smash him,,,but that being said there is a chance he will be able to get up off him back (which he does well) and surprise all…but matches make fights…and there is no way he belongs in there with andersn…i do not belive he is top 5

  7. kevin9999 says:

    Easy fight for Sonnen

  8. Never in any trouble… except for the h-bomb he took a while back.

  9. jasonsimmons says:

    personally i think this is a very HARD fight for chael. style makes fights, and unless ur wielding a (HBOMB) hammer, bisping is incredibly hard to beat. is this 5 rounds? if so i bet chael takes the first 2, maybe 3 and bisping eeks out the 4th and beats chael up in the 5th. going to be a war

    • sorry, but no. says:

      Chael will dominate Bisbing. One he gets one take down, it will be game over. This is such a let down. Munoz / Sonnen was gonna be a war.

    • mmasucks says:

      it is not a 5 rounder since it is not the main event. nevertheless i predict that bisping will be taken down with ease. chael is the best wrestler in his division. even silva was taken down at will.

  10. MMA Elite says:

    y do ppl say he didnt finish mayhem did it go to decision no FUCKIN RETARDS

    • davvee says:

      no he did not get decision mouth peice but miller quit he was not beat….faggot….and cheal is scared to talk shit on bisbing he could say alot but he knows dana like him fir the brit fans

  11. Jb says:

    Never in trouble because he hasn’t fought anyone! And the big names he has faced won. Bis has pillows for hands. He ain’t tko or KO C. If your an mma fan smart money would be on C grinding out a dec. I wish they both choked each other out at the same time

  12. WrongCallsshouldbeReversed says:

    Wtf… He has bad things to say about Anderson but says Bisping is good? Bisping’s strength is his stand up and Anderson’s Stand up is compared to Bispings is like comparing the matrix to an old western. Oh and Anderson is also a better ground fighter

  13. jasonsimmons says:

    i think the only advantage chael has in this fight is that bisping is taking it on 10 days notice! other then that i honestly believe bisping will beat chael. bisping is tough, and ive seen chael gas after 2 rounds of hard gnp. i think bisping absorbs chaels early onlsaught, then puts it on him for the narrow win. bet.

    • jason sanchez says:

      right only on 10 days notice but you forgot that Bisping was slated for Damian Maia for the same card. I think Bis will be prepared for this fight. Maia is a ground fighter so that means Bis must have prepared for takedowns and ground games. If Bis can keep this fight on the feet….Sonnen won’t be fighting Anderson any time soon.

      • Zoeldog27 says:

        yeah like Bisping is going to be able to stop a 2 time state champion and olympic alternate from taking him down cause they wrestle so much in england hey, henderson bent Bitchping over and slapped his ass and Hendo & Sonnen are great freinds and training partners for many many years he would have already told Sonnen what to expect, Sonnen will win this fight so easy it’ll be scary & then we can finally see Sonnen Silva 2

  14. slacker says:

    It seems like Sonnen has respect for a fellow UFC pariah.

  15. Anderson Silva says:


  16. Toby says:

    Imo I think that the reason why most people have no respect for bisping is not because he a jerk (although he really is….lol). The two biggest problems are that one, he has not faced the same type of opponents that every other top guy has had to face. He has been given the easy fights. When he has faced real top 10 fighters, he hasn’t won any of them. And two, he doesn’t fight with any heart. He is a points type of fighter and goes into his fights to look pretty, not compete. Of course it doesn’t help h that he’s a pompous jerk either.

  17. dana says:

    hahahahahaha hope all u fat ugly smelly yanks shut the fuck up now even your lover boy knows bisping is the real deal about time a yank give him his props and theres know other better guy that could even randy couture said bisping deserved a title shot

  18. Steven Seagal says:

    Chael doesn’t need to talk shit on everybody. He’s pretty genuine, the Brazil, silva deal is hyping up what will be the biggest gate attraction at a ufc event ever. An his biggest pay day ever. All because of his mouth.
    Like the guy or not he knows how to sale a fight..he didn’t talk shit on stann an that card had two title fights besides his in htown, an that card didn’t sell shit compared to what it should have. If chael would have been goin back an forward with stann before the fight it would have doubled that ppv buys.
    Chael fights everybody worth anything in that division he doesn’t duck an dodge.
    They should give him the intrim middleweight belt so that “bum” will have to fight him again.

  19. WrongCallsshouldbeReversed says:

    We all know how Chael is gonna fight this fight, and Bisping likely doesn’t have the answer for it. Question is, can Chael do any real damage during the fight? His opponents usually get up looking mostly free of damage, even after he’s had his favorite position for the whole fight. If you like laying there so much you think you’d figure out how to fuck someone up from the position, Mark Munoz knows how to fuck someone up from top position… Weird how there wasn’t first posts about Munoz being injured, it came right out with that report along with statement that Bisping is replacing him as well as a little exchange of words between Chael and Bisping. Where can we read what happened to Munoz? What did he injure? How long is he out for?

  20. Bisping is gonna get pounded!!!

  21. Chael Twitterbird Sonnen says:

    That’s right Anderson, if you keep embarrassing all the UFC Middleweight fighters in the octagon… Then I’m so trolling you, taking advantage of your lack of English and embarrassing you with my the Ultimate Twitter Champion takes over the UFC belt campaign. I wanted to embarrass you so bad I tried to launder money to fund my plan, I even tried to become a State Representative to gain more followers. I even tried to convince my country that yours was nothing but a primitive tribe who practiced dancing not fighting. Getting Jiujewwhateverthefuckitscalled right as you almost beat someone is not embarrassing, so you have not embarrassed me.

  22. Thetude says:

    Dude this sucks, Munoz would have owned sonnen, but now after Chael owns Bisping, Whats next? There is no way Chael is going to fight Silva in a Brazilian soccer stadium, and and looks like that is where silvas next fight is going to be at.

    • Mr.Rusk says:

      Lmao yes he will, he’s got nothing to lose and a huge payday to gain worse comes to worse and Brazil shows just how 1st world their country is and chael gets killed his family will be set for life

    • Zoeldog27 says:

      as if munoz would of owned him your a dick it would have been an awesome fight either guy could of won stop being a hater the UFC is better with Sonnen in it than out of it wether u love him or hate him hes great for mma period!

  23. Me says:

    Talking like this to raise your stock after u beat him?! Smart A$$

  24. toneloc24 says:

    Is it just me or does this site have more negative people than any other site n the world? People so quick to insult other people just shows how insecure u are

  25. Mick says:

    I see a one-sided beating with Chael holding the hammer, did you see what he did to Brian Stann? Chael abused him, and Stann is in my opinion a little bit physically stronger than Bisping. Look for Bisping getting dumped on his head multiple times and pounded on

  26. Hector says:

    Do you really think Dana White would think he would make money from a Bisping vs. Silva fight??? Nobody would watch that fight…. Bisping is going to lose whether he sells out or because he truly sucks that bad and Sonnen goes through him quickly and easily..

    Dana White’s #1 concern is to get Sonnen out of this fight without any injuries.. bisping was the perfect answer

    Sonnen vs. Silva = $$$$ and Dana White is not stupid

  27. Shawn says:

    That’s because they have the same personality. Same kind tend to gravitate to each other. D-bags make friends with other d-bags. That’s just how it goes. lol But like Sonnen said, don’t see them as dumbasses, see them as fighters. And although I dislike their personalities, I can’t NOT like them as fighters. They are both good fighters. Sonnen has an edge on that one though.

  28. DBKlein69 says:

    for every Chael fan there is, ever was, and ever will be…god bless St. Chael.

  29. mmaislandjunkie says:

    ufc should have at least had chael v wanderlei, even a washed up wand almost ko’d bitchping twice. this is a fraud of a no. 1 contenders bout, the ufc and sonnen fans should all be ashamed of themselves.

    • The Chaelmonster will be Champ, and Bisping is a worthy adversary. I took Edgar for granted against Bj, I won’t do that with bis. Hope Chael takes him serious and goes in for the kill. I’ll be a TKO or sub win for the monster!

  30. Zoeldog27 says:

    agree totally if Sonnen loses this fight ill walk naked through the main street of town!

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