By Evan Stoumbelis:
Middleweight Michael ‘the count’ Bisping said the following in a recent interview:
“I think Chael will out-wrestle Anderson and beat him this time, and then I’ll get the rematch with Chael considering how close our fight was. If I had Chael over five rounds, I’d definitely beat him. In that last fight, I’d have stopped him in the fourth for sure. He was spent after trying to submit me in that third round. Towards the end of that round I was raining down shots on him.”
Given how neither fighter really dominated the fight, which was why it was so close, I don’t know if Bisping would’ve necessarily knocked Chael out in the fourth, Chael was in fact slowing down, but Bisping wasn’t exactly radiating energy. If Chael beats Anderson in June, then Bisping might just get his wish.
Before his fight with Sonnen, Bisping scored a TKO victory over opposing TUF coach Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller in the third round. He then was expected to face Demian Maia at UFC on Fox 2 in Chicago, but when Mark Muñoz became injured and withdrew from his fight with Chael Sonnen, Bisping stepped in to face Sonnen for the Middleweight #1 contender spot. Bisping lost the fight via unanimous decision in what some considered, a fairly uneventful fight, giving Sonnen the opportunity to fight longtime rival Anderson Silva this June.
Bisping is scheduled to fight Tim Boetsch at UFC 148 this summer on July 7th.
(quote credit “Your MMA” via MMA.TV)