Agree. But also agree that longer the fight lasted the better for Bisping because he had the cardio advantage.
But Bisping is still so overrated. He was getting lit up by a C level fighter. Yes C level. If Anderson is A level...Belfort, Marquardt, Belcher are B level....Jorge is a journeyman C level fighter.
Bisping was getting lit the hell up, so he had to go for TDs, because he couldn't stand with Jorge Rivera. He has a nice 22-3 record or whatever. When was the last time you saw that kind of record with so many fights in the UFC...and never have had a title shot? Heres the answer: because teh UFC gives him guys like Jorge to pad his record and keep him "in the mix". While Marquardt is taking on Palhares, Okami, and Sonnen.
Bisping has a padded record with few wins over top guys. Biggest cry baby I have seen. What a little girl who can dish it out but can't take it.
Whether Bisping is over rated or not (I'm not sure how highly he is rated)
I don't see how you can agree with Leed's post?!?
Bisping was clearly too good for Rivera, whatever way you look at it.
Rivera landed one decent right hand, but Bisping was landing at will, he was sharper, stronger and quicker with better movement.
Bisping was mixing up his striking with take downs and ground control and as you say his Cardio advantage would have only meant him getting stronger as the rounds progress against an aging Rivera.
Rivera had a game plan consisting of this "hope bisping circles into your big right and lay him out like Hendo did"
You can't fight at this level of fighting and literally only be looking to land one punch.
The way that fight went last night I honestly believe Rivera's only chance to win it was if the ref had DQ'd Bisping after the knee.
I agree pretty much with your assessment of BIsping right now, he is not an elite fighter and he is the top of say the third tier of fighters in his weight class. Those looking to get into the mix for title contention (assuming top tier are champions and those worthy of winning titles and second tier are those who have proved themselves against top competition but either failed or not ready for title challanges)
That has to be the last of the fights the UFC can feed BIsping against less than top competition.
It's time to see what he is made of and how well he can continue to comepete against top fighters in the peak of their form.
I'm not sure how well he can do in the MW divison. He certainly looks more natural at the weight now than he did at first (no longer looking weight drained) I would give him no chance against Silva and you would make the other top guys favourite against him perhaps.
BUt he has to be respected, he has held his own against tough guys in the weight class above (performing well against former champion Evans is no mean feat) so you have to assume he is at least capable of throwing down with the biggest and best in this divison.
There is only the Henderson blip where he was completely destroyed, he has been at least competitive in every other fight and that includes the likes of Rashad and Wanderlei (in other words, Bisping is not a mug)