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Old 01-20-2012, 07:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Bisping: I'll beat Sonnen. Bet on it

I wish Bisping would stick to running his mouth without thinking. When stops and thinks and writes it down,...well, it's just not as much fun to hate on him.

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I'm now 1/3 through my training camp to fight Chael Sonnen for the No. 1 contender's spot for the UFC middleweight title, as hilarious as that sounds. But that's what happens when you accept a change of opponent on 10 days notice. In one week, I will be weighing in for the 185-pound UFC On FOX fight in Chicago.





I am under no illusions as to the task I've got on my hands next Saturday. No one else in the division wants to fight Chael Sonnen, and sure as hell no one else would have taken the fight at this kind of notice against him. The guy is a beast, let's be honest. He's a great wrestler, no question, but what makes him so dangerous is his physical and mental strength, his will to win and the fact he's a tough mofo!

His standup isn't great and his Brazilian jiu-jitsu is average, but he makes up for all that with being so tough and relentless. That's really what makes Chael one of the best fighters in the world — his will to win and his toughness.

That said, his Achilles' heel is submissions. He's tough as nails, but for some reason he taps out pretty quickly. That's a weird contradiction in him. Yes, he's looked outstanding of late — beating Brian Stann, Yushin Okami, human pin-cushion Nate Marquardt and obviously dominating Anderson Silva for four rounds — but he's not invincible. He has lost 11 times. He has weaknesses in his game like anyone else.

There are no easy opponents or perfectly made-to-order gimme fights at this level. It is going to be a tough, hard, nasty fight, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

I don't want to beat Jason Miller to get a title shot. I want to beat Chael Sonnen. And I don't want to fight anyone other than Anderson Silva for the belt. I'm either good enough to be the UFC middleweight champion, or I'm not. All I've been asking for is the chance to earn my shot, and that's what I've got next week.




Yes, it's a big task, but it is a big task for him to beat me on 10 days notice. I am vastly more experienced than his original opponent, Mark Munoz, and am a far better striker. I strongly urge anyone with some spare cash to put money on me. Me starting a 4:1 underdog is a joke. I'm highly, highly amused by those odds. Please, ladies and gentlemen, refinance your house and make some money on "The Count" next week.

I was mildly amused by some of the things Chael said about me when the fight was announced. But, to be honest, I was expecting a little more from him in the smack talk department. Saying I sound like the British kid in South Park? Not your best material, Chael. Even cornflakes-for-brains Jorge Rivera used the South Park references, but I'm sure Chael's got some quality zingers coming up.

He won't let me down on the smack talk, I am positive. "Fail" Sonnen has failed at politics, failed at real estate, failed at being a crook in real estate because he got caught, failed as a middleweight title challenger, so I am sure Fail Sonnen won't want to fail at his true calling in life: smack-talking.

And for the record, I have to admit, I think Chael is hilarious a lot of the time. He's a great fighter, is a genius self-promoter and MMA is lucky to have him, to be honest. Those who say he's too WWE don't know what promotion in sports is like in the 21st century. I think the guy's personality is great for the sport.

That said, I am kicking his arse next weekend. He's had his shot at the belt. Now I want mine.
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Its simple. All Chael has to do is say anything about Bispings wife or children. Something with the impact of the wife & steak comment made to Silva. That'll get Bisping back into the rabid foaming idiot I know my fellow posters enjoy taking a dig at.
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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No I will not bet on it, Bisping.
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I just noticed that on the source page there is a very entertaining video interview with Chael That i don't know how to embed.

it's the usual stuff (I love the usual stuff) plus some serious praise for Randy Couture and Muhammad Ali.
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"....and sure as hell no one else would have taken the fight at this kind of notice against him."

Wrong. Some might turn it down but most guys would do exactly what Bisping did, jump at the chance.


"I strongly urge anyone with some spare cash to put money on me. Me starting a 4:1 underdog is a joke."

Also wrong. 4:1 is perfectly reasonable given the skill sets I see from the two fighters.

I'd love to see Bisping win but I have a really hard time imagining him being able to stop Sonnen from taking him down if he can't stop Miller from taking him down.
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Chael is rightly the favourite in this fight, but at 4:1 im gonna take some advice from Bisping. That is a BIG underdog for a fight that is closer than many think.
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Chael is rightly the favourite in this fight, but at 4:1 im gonna take some advice from Bisping. That is a BIG underdog for a fight that is closer than many think.
Actually I think 4 to 1 is generous, I don't think Bisping wins this fight even that often.

The only way I'm betting on Bisping is if he offers to refund my money if I lose.

Even at those odds, I might still bet on Sonnen, they are still better for Bisping than they should be.

I pray Bisping wins, but I just don't see it.
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Chael is rightly the favourite in this fight, but at 4:1 im gonna take some advice from Bisping. That is a BIG underdog for a fight that is closer than many think.
Ok, I don't like either fighter. And somehow I might actually find myself rooting for Bisping for the first time in my life.

But he really has little to no shot. The odds are higher than I expected, but Bisping really has little chance.

He was taken down and controlled for a while by Mayham Miller. Yes, Mayham Miller. So if Mayham could do this before he got gassed out, what will Sonnen do? Add in the fact that Bisping has little to no finishing ability. He finishes opponents by out lasting them...guys like Miller or Jorge Riveria. Sonnen isn't going to get tired or wear down in a 3 round fight.

I wouldn't throw your money away. How do you see him pulling it off? Sonnen has taken down far better wrestlers than Bisping. Sonnen's top control is 2nd to none. And its not like Bisping is a guru off his back or has much striking power.

I see no way Bisping wins other than Sonnen goofing up or just looking real bad for whatever reasons.

Bisping has a nice little record. But he STILL hasn't ever beat a real top 10 fighter in his life. He will lose this one and the UFC will give him an easy matchup next.

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Old 01-20-2012, 09:46 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I enjoyed that article. He seems to have his shit together. Its a bad time to come up against chael. or maybe its a bad time to come up against mike
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I really can't imagine Bisping winning this fight .... but if he does, you can't deny he deserves to get his ass kicked by Silva.

Either way it's a win-win for me. Either Sonnen kicks his ass or Silva does... either way he's getting a beat down.

It just depends whether you want to see him taken down, smothered and frustrated or just straight KTFO.
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