This Saturday's UFC 194 co-main event is a middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold. On paper, it might be one of the greatest fights to ever take place in the weight class, with current UFC champion Weidman and former Strikeforce champion Rockhold having beaten the majority of the best 185 has had to offer over the past couple of years.
In an interview with Submission Radio, Michael Bisping weighed in on this titanic clash. "The Count" most notably suffered a submission loss to Luke Rockhold in November 2014 (the first of his career), and he is picking the AKA product to unseat Weidman as the king of the division.
"I think for that one I've gotta go with Rockhold, to be honest. I mean, Weidman's a great champion, he's a fantastic fighter, he's very, very tough. All that good stuff. He's a great wrestler, great grappler, and he's actually a good puncher. I just don't think technically he's that good on the feet. What gets him through is his strength, his size, his wrestling ability, and his chin. He's got a fantastic chin. But I just think against Luke Rockhold, Rockhold's a guy that trains daily with Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier so I think he's gonna be prepared for the wrestling side of things. On the feet, Luke has the height, he has the reach, he has the range, he has speed, he has the diversity in the striking. So all those things together. And certainly on the floor as well, Luke's very good on the floor. So he can match him on the floor as well. So I think when you put it like that, and Luke's confidence and arrogance if you will, it's a tough fight for Weidman. But again, I always pick Weidman to lose and he's proved me wrong every time. So you've got to admire that. He's more than capable of proving me wrong this time, but if I had to put money on somebody, I think my money would go on Rockhold."
You may recall that in April he had picked Rockhold over Weidman, days after Rockhold submitted Lyoto Machida and one month prior to Weidman TKOing Vitor Belfort at UFC 187. His belief then? "I know he's getting a little smug up there the longer he's the champion. It's starting to go to his head a little bit."
As for Bisping's own fight, a February 2016 showdown with Gegard Mousasi in London, he envisions himself as the better striker and believes that's where most of the fight will take place.
"I always see myself winning on my feet. I think I fight at a higher tempo, I'm faster than him, and ultimately I think I've got a more diverse striking game. But we'll see - and I think actually I'll have the strength advantage over him. I see him kind of getting bullied in the strength department at times, he gets taken down quite frequently. So listen, this is a mixed martial arts fight, and in this fight you're going to see a full display of everything that he can do and I can do. I don't think having a one-dimensional game plan will be successful against this guy. I'm going to have to mix it up, keep him guessing, but ultimately I do like to fight on the feet, so I think predominantly that's where it will take place. But I will look to take him down and use the good old ground and pound, as you say."
You can listen to the full interview at the top of the page by pressing the play button.