Originally Posted by Gman
...That's not to say Matt doesn't have the potential to become a much better fighter than Bisping in time, because I think the tools are there.
Are you joking??? Matt Hamill is a strong, rough - but primative wrestler. Michael Bisping's ground game is genuinely underrated. The man has been learning ju-jitsu since the age of 8, and fights extremely well off his back.
The commentator's on the UFC keep calling Bisping 'the brawling Brit' - that to me appears a bit ignorant. Bisping does have killer strikes and is proper vicious, but is also pretty tasty on the floor and is pretty much well rounded. How many different varieties of submission attempts did Bisping try against Josh Hayes? (too many to remember). Ortiz himself said that the only person who came close to submitting him in training was Bisping - and thats from an ex-world champion who has never been submitted.
Matt Hamill will only pick up the basics of submission fighting, he's left it far too late to master ju-jitsu. And Hamill will never get to the level of kick-boxing that Bisping is at.