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Old 01-29-2012, 10:06 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I got a gut feeling that it'll be Bisping vs Belfort next

for him fighting Stann or Okami would be a step back IMO, Munoz could be a good fight but Belfort will be the most exciting match up for Bisping now, probably the next #1 contender fight
How are Okami and Munoz step backs? Bisping has still yet to beat a top ten fighter, Okami and Munoz are in the top five, I'd say that's a step forward.
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:12 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I was already sort of suspecting that Bisping was an under-the-radar top 5 MW before this fight, however I did not see him being able to win a round against Chael. So in that regard, he surprised me, yet I'm not too surprised overall. Watching the fight live, I suspected a judge or two might have seen Rd 1 for Bisping, mainly because of his TDD. The other two rounds were easy to score.

That said, in retrospect, Bisping did not win that fight, officially nor unofficially. When the judges, compustrike, and fightmetric all agree, it is what is. But it wasn't 30-27!

If Chael Sonnen officially calls you a badass, you wear that with pride, Mr. Bisping!
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I was already sort of suspecting that Bisping was an under-the-radar top 5 MW before this fight, however I did not see him being able to win a round against Chael. So in that regard, he surprised me, yet I'm not too surprised overall. Watching the fight live, I suspected a judge or two might have seen Rd 1 for Bisping, mainly because of his TDD. The other two rounds were easy to score.

That said, in retrospect, Bisping did not win that fight, officially nor unofficially. When the judges, compustrike, and fightmetric all agree, it is what is. But it wasn't 30-27!

If Chael Sonnen officially calls you a badass, you wear that with pride, Mr. Bisping!
I'm confused, Round 2 was Bisping's most dominant for me, he took Rd 1 aswell (my opinion) but Rd 2 shouldn't be open for debate.
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meh I still put Silva Sonnen Okami Stann Belfort Palhares above Bisping. He's not Top 5 yet. I'd love to see him against Palhares or Okami next, perhaps Munoz. Just my opinion.
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meh I still put Silva Sonnen Okami Stann Belfort Palhares above Bisping. He's not Top 5 yet. I'd love to see him against Palhares or Okami next, perhaps Munoz. Just my opinion.
If Bisping isn't top five how is Palhares?
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I think that Bisping is a top grappler, and has a very underrated JJ game. He is overrated as a striker. If he was able to at times dominate Sonnen against the cage and was actually able to take him down, I would bet that he can do to most of the MW division.

He is really good at stuffing takedowns, and is second to none at popping right back up once he is taken down. He really needs to start using his completeness as a fighter to his advantage. He should never try to bang with guys with weak TDD like Belfort or Wanderlei, hopefully he starts to take advantage of his opponents weaknesses from now on.
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My top 5 would go:-

Anderson Silva
Chael Sonnen
Victor Belfort
Michael Bisping
Yushin Okami

I'd like to see Bisping Vs Belfort for the next #1 contender spot after Sonnen Vs Silva. It would be a great fight that we can only suspect would end in a KO. Bisping did great against Sonnen and showed brilliant defences to the wrestling. He was a little cardio sapped, which isn't really a regular occurence for him, but that is a big part of Sonnen's grinding style. Belfort Vs Bisping wouldn't go like that, so we'd see the best conditioning of Bisping throughout the entire fight.

Another controversial name I'm going to throw out there is Wanderlei Silva. After what happened with Cung Le, I see him being able to throw a spanner in the works for any title contender and should be avoided by everyone hoping for a shot soon. He got the W over Bisping two years ago and would definently have the chance to ruin his plans once again.
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I don't see how you could rank him higher than Vitor, and as good as he looked tonight, the fact remains... he lost yet again to a top 5 MW. I fully believe that Mike can hang with a guy like Okami or Munoz, something I didn't before, but it'd be nice to see him actually secure one of those wins before officially moving him up the ladder.
That's how I feel as well, he ain't a top 5 till he beats one. On paper he could do it, but he hasn't done it yet. I'd be fine with saying he's a potential top 5 or that he has top 5 skills, but he isn't a top 5 fighter till he beats one. So far I have Anderson, Belfort, Sonnen, Okami, and Wanderlei ahead of him, with him & Munoz being pretty close to tied. I also see Cung Le being able to give him a ton of trouble up until he gasses & slows down.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:35 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I'm confused, Round 2 was Bisping's most dominant for me, he took Rd 1 aswell (my opinion) but Rd 2 shouldn't be open for debate.
I said that rounds 2 and 3 were easy to score - implying rd 2 clearly for Bisping.
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he is a Top 5 middleweight. he's an underrated fighter.
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