Posts Tagged ‘Michael Bisping’

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

The UFC once again is blazing a new trail for MMA. This time along with media giant FOX, the power couple launched a very MMA-centric channel called Fox Sports 1. The channels debut featured one of the UFC’s best cards of the year, headlined by Chael P. Sonnen vs. Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. The packed TD Arena in Boston was shaking with the arrival of fan favorites Joe Lauzon and John Howard, how ever the biggest ‘pop’ of the night came when Conor McGregor made his entrance. The Irish featherweight displayed an extremely versatile striking attack early in the fight, however he injured his knee in the second round and needed to utilize his wrestling to secure the decision win over a very savvy Max Holloway.

The Co Main event was by far the biggest upset of the evening, as Travis ‘Hapo’ Browne came back from a vicious early body attack to knock out Alistair Overeem in the first round of their fight. Browne, was floored from an early knee to the gut, and withstood a relentless assault from Overeem that prompted the ref to warn Browne on several occasions that a stoppage was near. Browne, withstood the barrage and then channeled his inner Anderson Silva and kicked Overeem in the face. The blow floored Overeem, and a few Browne hammer fists erased all doubt.

For Browne, his name is now solidified on a short list of contenders for the title. Maybe a match up against Fabricio Werdum would solidify a #3 contender. Overeem’s future is much cloudier. After being viciously knocked out in his last two fights it may be time for him to take a long vacation from the sport. He is not the type of fighter to hang around on mid card status, so his time in the UFC may be coming to an end. Even if it is not, his brain has been rattled lately it might be in his best interest to take at least a year off!

Following the Browne upset, two legends took to the cage. Less than ten seconds into the fight, one of those legends had already imposed his will. Chael Sonnen was able to get across the cage, grab a hold of ‘Shogun’ Rua, and slam him to the mat in less than 10 seconds. ‘Shogun’ did his best to resist, stood up a few times, and then surprised everyone by taking Sonnen down! However, he wasnt able to hold him, and Sonnen was able to reverse position.

Sonnen blanketed the former champion, refusing to let him up. Utilizing his position, Sonnen was able to secure a guillotine choke at the end of the first round that forced Rua to tap. To ‘Shogun’s credit, he rolled and resisted as long as he could. Sonnen, as Joe Rogan pointed out several times has a deadly guillotine,

Like Overeem, these fighters are not really in any title pictures anymore. However unlike Overeem, neither one of these guys has ever appeared to be “done” fighting. For Sonnen, there is talk of a match between him and Wanderlei Silva. A fight that really has no implications, but its should be a fun fight to watch. For Rua, the loss extinguishes any hope of returning to title contention. He has been in a lot of wars, and I wouldn’t blame him if he did hang up the gloves, but I don’t think he will. Maybe a fight with Bisping would make sense.

Analysis of Debut on Fox Sports 1.1:

First the name sort of makes the numbering of events, well redundant, and unclear (For example this was titled UFC on Fox Sports 1.1). I don’t see how that wasn’t brought up already! Secondly, FOX needs to brand the UFC separately from the NFL. For example Kill the robot, and please destroy the NFL music. I’d rather hear the signature “Bring the Pain”. Also, keep Curt Menefee of the broadcasts. Watching him learn about the sport on the fly, hurts my feelings.

Other than those obvious ticks, I think the UFC and FOX hit a 3-run Triple with this swing. Overall exceeded expectations in my eyes. It is a very exciting time for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, which had been in a recession of late. Hopefully these free public displays will infuse life back into the sport that will trickle down to the regional levels. This way the sport continues to grow, and more importantly continues to feed itself!

 

By Jonathan King The Clinch Report

 

Main Card:

Khabib Nurmagomedov (155) vs. Thiago Tavares (155)

Interesting match-up. Both fighters are well rounded, and capable of ending the fight in any position. Tavares has the edge in experience, however Nurmagomedov is 18-0 riding a 2 fight UFC win streak so he is the favorite at (-200).

Prediction: Tavares by submission 3rd round 

 

Gabriel Gonzaga (255) vs. Ben Rothwell (258)

Good news for Gabriel Gonzaga is that he is back in the UFC heavyweight fray after winning his second chance fight against Ednaldo Oliviera, bad news is his next opponent is Ben Rothwell. In his last fight, Rothwell needed only 1:10 to knockout a very strong Brendan Schaub. Both fighters have consistency issues but it should be exciting,

Prediction: Rothwell TKO rd 2
C.B. Dollaway (186) vs. Daniel Sarafian (186)

C.B. Dollaway is often over looked in the UFC. Although Dollaway is not a flashy striker, to the true fight fan his performances are at times masterful. As a wrestler, he can grind with the best of them. Wearing on his opponent, saturating strength with a smothering attack. Daniel Sarafin is new to the UFC but certainly not to the sport, or to the grappling game. The owner of several submission wins,  is perfectly at home in the same neighborhood where Dollaway works. Very evenly matched

Prediction: Dollaway via Unanimous decision

Vitor Belfort (185) vs. Michael Bisping (186)

Michael Bisping has been lobbying aloud to anyone with in an ear shot about deserving a title shot against Anderson Silva. The brash, and dry Brit is often writing checks with his mouth, however this one he can cash. His record of wins over ranked fighters reinforces his braggadocious demeanor. However, Vitor Belfort hopes to extinguish those flames, and reignite his own title claim. Belfort may have an edge on the ground, however Bisping was able to neutralize Jason Miller’s jujitsu so this fight is primed to explode into a slug fest. The is no clear edge in the striking department, while Belfort maintains a power edge, Bisping is more technical and has better conditioning. Should be an exciting fight.

Prediction:

Bisping via 2nd rd TKO

by Jonathan King: The Clinch Report

SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 / AIR CANADA CENTRE, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

The fight card for this event hardly resembles its original incarnation. Injuries have left an indelible mark, and once agian officaials were

Charles Oliveira (16-2 MMA, 4-2-1 NC UFC) vs. Cub Swanson (17-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC))

In the main cards first bout, two dynamic strikers are put face to face to clear up the featherweight division. Since moving too the division Oliviera is 2- 0, with both wins coming via impressive submission. WEC vet Cub Swanson is looking to build off of recent wins over Ricardo Lamas, and Ross Pearson. Swanson also possesses one of the most dangerous guillotine chokes in all of MMA.

Predictions: Oliviera via late first round submission. In a very exciting 4 minute fight.

Matt Hamill (10-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) vs. Roger Hollett (13-3 MMA, UFC DEBUT)

Matt ‘The Hammer’ Hamill is returning after a brief, and seemingly early retirement from the sport. Re invigorated and excited to be back, ‘The Hammer’ looks to spoil the long awaited UFC debut of Roger Hollett. Hollet the owner of a 5 fight win streak will have to avoid the aggressive wrestling of the seasoned Hamill. He may be able to secure a submission from the bottom, although he would be the first to do so, as Hamill has never tapped in his MMA career.

Predictions: Matt Hamill via 2nd rd TKO

Michael Bisping (22-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) vs. Brian Stann (12-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC)

This fight has ‘Fight of The Night’ potential. Both fighters possess incredible striking power, with Bisping maintaining an edge on technique, while Stann holds the power advantage. Stann may have an edge in the wrestling department, however Bisping’s ground game is massively improved and incredible under rated. Both fighters are looking to stake their claim to contender status, so that should add to the excitement. The fight should be a great stand up war that displays a power vs technique.

Prediction: Michael Bisping via unanimous decision

Joseph Benavidez (16-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC)vs. Demetrious Johnson (15-2-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) -For Inaugural UFC Flyweight Title

This is another candidate for ‘Fight of The Night’. Both fighters are have great cardio conditioning, so 5 rounds is not an issue for either fighter. Johnson has gone the distance with Dominick Cruz and Ian McCall recently. Benavidez has only lost twice in his career, both losses coming at the hands of Dominick Cruz. Each fighter possess great wrestling and grappling skills, however Benavidez will have a distinct power advantage. This fight may be won in the corners between rounds, with adjustment being the key to victory. Both fighters have been on the verge of title contention for a long time, and finally one will emerge a champion.

Prediction: Joseph Benavidez via unanimous decision

Champ Jon Jones (16-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) vs. Vitor Belfort (21-9 MMA, 10-5 UFC)- Light Heavyweight Championship Bout

This fight is the most talked about UFC contest in years, for all the wrong reasons. Injuries forced the UFC’s hand and after losing Dan Henderson to a torn knee, the UFC was forced to cancel its first event UFC 151. Many consider this to be a walkover for Jon Jones, being that Belfort is not even a ranked divisional foe (normally Belfort fights at 185lbs, although he has fought in all of the heavy divisions). Jones who has systematically destroyed everyone put in front of him, should be able to do the same against the much smaller Belfort. However, Vitor Belfort is no slouch, and although he may be past his prime he is still a very explosive striker. If Jon Jones gets sloppy, he could very easily get caught in a ‘Phenom’ rush that has knocked out a whose who of MMA elite.

Prediction: Jon Jones via TKO(referee stoppage) rd 2.

 

Many people think Chael Sonnen to be the greatest talker in MMA. However, this is a subject that is up for debate. Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping (22-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) also has the gift of gab. For some reason though, his banter never receives the attention, or the results that the affable Sonnen does. For many Bisping is easy to hate. He is brash, he talks smack, he is unapologetic and at times just a horses ass, but he has been a middleweight contender for five years now so his skill must be respected.

Bisping exploded on to the scene during the Ultimate Fighter by winning the season 3 light heavyweight tournament, and then later enforced his status as a coach against Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller season 14. The exposure on television provided ‘The Count’ with a stage. His heel character seemed to develop naturally. Unlike the Sonnen who at times appears charming, Bisping’s antics seem to infuriate fans. He has started numerous feuds. Even recently with the entire Alpha Male team on twitter:

Bisping @bisping
@ufc urijah favour,Joseph benavidez and the rest of the munchkin crew talk s— cos theyre stuck in the body’s of pre pubescent boys
and I’ll take the Pepsi challenge with smug faced little shit any time.

Faber then responded:

Urijah Faber @UrijahFaber
Thought we were buddies @bisping I know u can dish it out but can’t take it back @ufc ur like a spoiled 3rd grader. Grow up.

Then later on he decided to take aim at the rest of the middleweight division. With Chris Weidman being declared the #1 contender the British fighter was vexed. “He knocked out a fat Mark Munoz, who was out of shape and coming back off a long layoff because of injury,” Bipsing recently told MMAjunkie.com  “He elbowed a fat Mark Munoz and now he’s the great white hype? Just because he elbowed an out-of-shape fat man? ” Only Bisping can anger two legitimate contenders with one sentence.

Apparently, Bisping embraces his role as the most hated fighter in MMA. However he never seems to get the shot. Other trash talkers such as Josh Koscheck, and Chael Sonnen were able to parlay their hype-based talk into title shots. Why has Bisping been unable too? The answer is simple. His brash attitude lacks the jovial charisma that the other fighters possess. Sonnen’s ridiculous claims, fake title belt, and Ali-like rhyming schemes make people laugh. His over the top claims are impossible to believe, yet charming. Josh Koscheck’s seems to enjoy the hate, and that in itself is charismatic. He acts like the Ric Flair of MMA, and his skills and mouth have earned him the title shots.

Unlike those two, Bisping comes off as a bully. His brash talk and unapologetic manner are not endearing to fans, or fight makers. Simply put, he is a tough guy to like. However his skills cannot be denied, his record against the best fighters in the world enforces his claims. Maybe he should close his mouth and earn the fight the old fashioned way. One has to wonder if it would have already happened. had he done so earlier in his career.

Jason Mayhem Miller, claims if this fight stays standing, that he will knock out Michael  Bisping. A bold claim considering Bisping  has the clear advantage in most experts eyes, as far as striking goes. However, Bisping would be wise to give respect to Miller’s improved Muay Thai striking.

Bisping’s punching power is well known, and is the primary reason for The Count’s  current three fight win streak.  However, he still has not been able to shake the specter of Dan Henderson’s right hand. The vicious knockout is still replayed often, and always mentioned in the same breathe when Bisping;s name is mentioned.  The stigma is unfair, especially in a sport that that see’s very few go undefeated.

Jason Miller is going to have to utilize his muay thai, to close the distance. Then he will look to bring the fight to the mat, where his superior jujitsu will give him a decisive advantage.  Bisping will have to keep his distance, utilizing his jab. His superior boxing skills, and knockout power will only be effective with space.

Prediction: Jason Miller via rd 3 submission.