Michael Bisping has gotten his rematch with Luke Rockhold, but because it’s on short notice, the rugged vet admits he’ll need to stop the middleweight champ if he hopes to win.
The British star was quick to relay ‘pick me’ after it was announced Chris Weidman can’t fight at UFC 199 (due to a neck injury), and Bisping got his wish. Since “Jacare” Souza injured his knee while storming through Vitor Belfort at UFC 198, the UFC elected to go with “The Count”.
After the UFC announced that Rockhold – Bisping II is a go, the latter appeared on “The Luke Thomas Show“. While doing so, Bisping had this to say about facing Rockhold under these circumstances (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
Listen, I’m going to take this guy out of there. I’m not going out there to fight five rounds. If I try that, I lose. I’m not going to have the conditioning. Believe you me, I’ve stopped guys in the first round plenty of times before, albeit earlier in my career. I’m going to go back to that animalistic fighting style, which I have inside me. I’m going to go out on my sword and I tell you what, I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. Luke Rockhold better be ready.
There you have it. It’s kind of refreshing to hear a fighter admit that conditioning is going to be an issue for them, as a result of taking a fight short notice. Although, if you’ve followed the career of Bisping, then you know he’s kind of an open book.
The big question is, however, can he take out Rockhold? A man who has only been stopped twice in his MMA career to date? Not to mention the fact he’s ridiculously athletic, well rounded and dangerous? A guy, let’s remember, who submitted Bisping in the second round, of their 2014 encounter? If Bisping can, it will be one of the biggest stories this year, and one of the most compelling in middleweight history.