Michael Bisping has spent a fair amount of time in the news lately with his upcoming UFC 152 bout with Brian Stann, his weird beef with Joseph Benavidez and the simple fact that Michael Bisping is usually in the news in some way anyway.
"Let's be honest, more than likely, Anderson Silva's going to decapitate him," Bisping said. "I don't think I'm saying anything too out there with that comment. Who knows? Stephan Bonnar is tough. He'll give it a go. He'll fight. I think Stephan Bonnar is going to do a better job than Forrest Griffin did."
"I think from the UFC's perspective it makes perfect sense," Bisping said of Silva vs. Bonnar. "I think from Anderson Silva's perspective it makes perfect sense. They lost the main event and the co-main event in the space of a day, Brazil's a massive market for the UFC now, it's beyond huge. They're going to put on a good card. The biggest star in mixed martial arts is Anderson Silva, who just happens to be Brazilian. It's perfect for the fans who get to see their hero fighting live in Brazil."
But Bisping wasn't just talking to reporters about other people's fights, he also discussed this weekend's bout with Brian Stann.
Here's what Bisping had to say about Stann:
"He's kind of a one-trick pony," Bisping said of Stann. "He's got some power in his hands and that's about it. Obviously in mixed martial arts, grappling, jiu-jitsu, wrestling and all that, he doesn't seem too skilled in those areas. Most of his losses have come when he's been outwrestled and outgrappled, so yeah, l've looked at that. Chael Sonnen threw him around like a rag doll, but Chael Sonnen's an Olympic-level wrestler. I'm a better-level wrestler than Brian Stann, but I'm not an Olympic wrestler, so I can't .... styles make fights is what I'm trying to say. Am I going to be able to do what Chael Sonnen did? Maybe not, you know, so, I've got to prepare in other ways. I've been training with a new boxing coach, Jason Parillo. I feel my boxing is second to none. I'm going to try to go out there and put the pressure on him."
All statements that seem fair. Bisping has underrated wrestling and he can be a handful on top when he lets go with ground and pound, but he'll have to close distance effectively if he even wants to think about the takedown. Bisping has better technical boxing as well, but being on the feet means being in danger of getting clipped by a huge punch from Stann.
It's what makes this fight very compelling on paper. Bisping is the better fighter, but his liabilities play into Stann's strengths so simply "being better" might not be enough.