By Kris Karkoski on October 13, 2010
does anyone else really want sexyama to get get back in the win column. and i dont even like sexyama that much.
I already assumed that Michael Bisping could kick and punch, which is probably how he won his country’s kickboxing championship.
What I was looking to see is if this guy was learning how to wrestle, or how to maybe defend himself from a world-class judoka if [and probably when] the fight hits the mat.
Guess we’ll find out Saturday…
I got to be honest, i’ve always thought Bisping was a good fighter, I think the fact that Bisping thinks he’s better than most makes people dislike him. BUT, he’s going to need more tools to beat Akiyama, that dude is tough.
@ lex415 – one of the similiarities between being a pro chef and being a pro MMA fighter is that you have to have confidence bordering on arrogance to go out there and do your thing.
I don’t fault Bisping for THINKING he’s better than he really is, I fault Bisping for TALKING like he is.
I’m confident that I could hang in He11s Kitchen or on Top Chef, although the reality might be VERY different, therefore I keep the ego holstered and the volume on noise like that down low when I’m amongst my fellow culinary professionals.
I think the Bisping issue, like most things, is relative.
In Bellator, Bisping and Hector Lombard could probably pitch a Fight of the Year candidate, assuming Lombard didn’t leave Bisping in a chalk outline ;)
In Strikeforce, Bisping would be a contender and much closer to a 185 title shot than he is in the UFC.
In the big show, Bisping’s uneven skill distribution keeps him from getting past more well-rounded fighters, or fighters with a strong wrestling base.
I’ve often been accused by other posters both on the main page and in the forums of sh!tting on overseas fighters [which is untrue], but does anyone really want to see Bisping and Mark Munoz go at it?
And Bisping, who is understandably asking for contenders, would get killed by Chael Sonnen if that fight ever was signed.
Joe Silva usually does a good job of matchmaking in general and for Bisping in particular, but in North American MMA there are only so many fights you can make before a guy has to step in against someone who can wrestle.
Bisping lost to Rashad Evans, Hendo, and his win over Matt Hamill was pure dogsh!t and we all know it.
Against stand-up fighters Bisping has done well, stumbling understandably against Wanderlei Silva.
I’m thinking that Joe Silva and Dana White are waiting for Michael Bisping to exhibit UFC-level well-roundedness and defeat an equally or more well-rounded fighter before putting him “in the mix”…
I agree on your points on Bisping, while I am not a hater like some (I think he can put on exciting fights), I definitely think he needs to improve his well-roundedness. If he can prove that he can hang with a good wrestler he may be ready to be “in the mix”.
OFF TOPIC-I think A.Silva is similar, he just faced an amazing wrestler and imho got exposed. Never thought he was all he’s hyped up to be.
You should try out for hells kitchen next season, then all us Frenzied guys can see you in action. Maybe???
Wait, Bisping can kick and punch? Holy crap. Never saw that one coming.
Maybe because it is UFC’s video, they want to make it look like he still trains his kickboxing, so when the fight time comes he will surprise.
Just a suggestion..
I hope so, I know if it was me I wouldn’t want newly acquired skills being displayed on some video on the internet so that my upcoming opponent could use it to strategise against me. I really hope he’s been training his weaknesses.
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