For the first round when Mayhem tied Bispings legs up and had some strange "lovers mount" as I had dubbed it. I thought "Hm I guess those betting lines made sense, maybe Mayhem shouldn't be a +300 underdog after all"
Then I realized that was not the case at all and was thoroughly disgusted. When Nick Diaz or Wanderlei Silva do the "arms out asking for more" thing I respect it, it's a cockiness you can't find in other sports without some "unsportsmanlike conduct" BS being called. However this Homer Simpson strategy of tiring Bisping out was just pathetic. Mayhem must have been out on his feet or something because that was probably the dumbest thing I have ever witnessed in MMA. However, it also made me question how good Bisping actually did.
Mayhem came to into the second round with a gameplan which didn't make any sense to me, he decided to have very limited offense combined with an absolute lack of defense. The only thing it did as far as I'm concerned is reveal how little power Bisping has in his hands. Actually, as I write this I realize what his gameplan was, Miller realized he couldn't get knocked out from his punches and even in his exhausted state probably wouldn't get submitted. He tried to bait Bisping into delivering an illegal strike so he could leave with a DQ victory.
Unfortunately for him it didn't work and I think we saw the very first pity stoppage in UFC history. From what I saw (I've only watched it once) Bisping wasn't landing any devastating strikes which warranted a stoppage. Miller was just trying to crawl away looking like a complete idiot and the referee was embarrassed for him. That's what I saw.
In the end I am left wondering is Michael Bisping truly a great fighter? He was dominant last night, he has dominated lesser competition and I don't doubt that he belongs in the top 10, but I can't help but still wonder how he'd do against a top tier guy.