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Old 10-19-2008, 06:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Finally a REAL Test. Bisping to fight winner of Franklin/Henderson!

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Michael Bisping’s next test inside the Octagon will be by far his toughest.

Announced as a coach for season nine of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, Bisping will meet the winner of the UFC 93 bout between one-time middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former dual Pride Fighting Championships titleholder Dan Henderson. The Franklin-Henderson victor will also coach against Bisping on TUF; a Spike TV representative on Sunday confirmed shooting on the show’s ninth season would commence in late January.

Though talk around Bisping continues to center on a potential showdown with reigning middleweight king Anderson Silva, he will have to clear at least one more hurdle before he throws leather with the champion.

“All people seem to be talking about is a title fight,” Bisping said. “You’ve got to earn that right for a title shot. Whenever it comes, I’ll be happy. I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Have I done it yet? I probably haven’t yet. I don’t think I have. I don’t just want to be given it because I’m from the UK. I want to earn that right.”

Bisping (17-1) remained undefeated at 185 pounds on Saturday, as he picked up his third consecutive victory with a unanimous decision against Chris Leben at UFC 89 in Birmingham, England. The 29-year-old fought a measured tactical fight and refused to engage in a brawl with the cornrowed American. Bisping kept his distance, abused Leben with clean strikes to the head and used masterful footwork and movement in snapping his opponent’s two-fight winning streak.

“You’ve got to win fights, and that’s what I’m doing,” Bisping said. “I just take it one step at a time. I’m still improving. With every fight, I’m getting better and better.”

Leben (18-5) likes the skills Bisping brings to the cage.

“After the fight, Michael’s got to do the same thing any martial artist has to do -- re-evaluate his situation and figure out what the next fight is,” Leben said. “I can’t tell you if he’s going to do the right things or the wrong things, but if he does the right things, he’s definitely got the tools to get where every one of us wants to go. He beat me, and I thought I was going to the top.”

No matter who’s next on Bisping’s plate, the Brit’s level of competition figures to rise considerably. Franklin (24-3) has been defeated by only two men -- Silva (twice) and unbeaten light heavyweight contender Lyoto Machida. Henderson (23-7), a two-time Olympian, has never been knocked out in 11 years of mixed martial arts competition and holds high-profile victories against Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort and Kazuo Misaki.

“I want to beat the best guys in the division,” Bisping said. “I’m going to get the opportunity, and I want to take it with both hands.”
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cool...for some reason i thought the hendo/franklin fight was @ 205...
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cool...for some reason i thought the hendo/franklin fight was @ 205...
It was/is. It was announced as a LHW fight and they are both listed at 205 on UFC.com but maybe they will change it to MW? I really hope they keep that fight at LHW and the winner can drop to 185 for the fight with Bisping.
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Didn't you think that Evans was a real test?
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I thought his fight with Leben was a real test? Considering a lot of people were picking Leben...

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Damn right, Buster Rough.

Bisping had a very close fight with the guy who just KTFO Chuck Liddell, and many people are now calling a Top 5 LHW..
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Franklin was being forced to LHW because he's better than anyone but Silva in the MW division and they didn't want him cockblocking all the contenders. Now that Silva said he's retiring I don't think it will be an issue and he can return.

Bisping beating either Franklin or Hendo puts him at the number one contender spot.
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At the time he fought evans, no because Rashad hadn't had his career defining victory at that point in time (the victory being over Liddell)
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cool...for some reason i thought the hendo/franklin fight was @ 205...
It still is i think.

Even though i think Franklin is the better fighter than hendo, i think Bisping has better chance against him style wise.

Just because Hendo Chin is literally made of Iron and is a world class wrestler and his style will be just too much for Bisping.

Franklin however has a similar style to Bisping as in being smart and quite elusive and it will be a case of who's gameplan is better.

It doesnt really matter who Bisping gets he will be a huge underdog for sure.
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Bisping beating either Franklin or Hendo puts him at the number one contender spot.
I agree. But I don't think he would beat either Franklin or Henderson.
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Leben was supposed to knock Bisping out. Although Leben wasn't a BIG test, it was a test.
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