Bisping comments on Rampage...
Iím a couple days behind on this, but I wanted to make mention of a new column that Michael Bisping (12-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is writing for UFC.com.
Bisping, who was the light heavyweight winner on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter, recently defeated Eric Schafer at UFC 66 this past December. Heís expected to next face MMA veteran and Australian Elvis Sinosic (8-9-2 MMA, 1-5 UFC) at April 21ís UFC 70 in Manchester, England.
With help from writer Anthony Evans, Bisping discusses various aspects of being a fighter, including training, publicity, travel and even possible opponents.
And according to Bispingís own words, weíll probably see more attention paid to the promising fighter. From UFC.com:
Dana White has said that I am going to be a Ďposter boyí for the UFC in Great Britain and, although Iím not all that sure what a poster boy actually does, Iím very honoured and flattered the UFC thinks so highly of me.
Although the fight with Sinosic is disappointing if not expected (you can only coddle your rising stars so much), I was happy to read that Bisping was looking past his easier opponents and really concentrating on the divisionís elite. Unfortunately, heís just not giving them much respect.
After fighting on two live UFC shows now, the TUF finals last summer and now an actual PPV card, it has finally sunk in that I am a proper UFC fighter now, but Iím still a big UFC fan at heart, too.
But even though I enjoyed myself and the fights, I switched out of ďfan modeĒ when Quinton Jackson made his Octagon debut.
Because heís in the same division as me, I took a very close interest in Jacksonís win over Marvin Eastman. Because of his big win over Chuck Liddell in Japan a couple of years back, Jacksonís come to the UFC with this massive reputation but, to be honest, Iíve got to say I wasnít that impressed.
Iíd probably give Jackson five out of 10 on his performance, if you forgive the pun.
Even allowing for the fact that Eastman is a very underrated fighter, I didnít think Rampage looked like this killer who has put the entire division on red alert.
I can only hope that those words above will spark some type of heated rivalry.
Although Iíve always enjoyed Bisping the fighter, Bipsing the person has always struck me as a bit of a wanker.
And personally, I find it disrespectful to call out a fighter that you probably wonít be fighting anytime soon ó especially when the UFC is so protective of its champions from The Ultimate Fighter series.
Regardless of my personal opinions, however, a Jackson vs. Bisping bout would be a great one for UFC fans. We can only hope it happens sometime soon.
Being a Bisping fan I found what he said about Jackson very bigheaded and he dropped some fan points with me after this interview...