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Bisping Believes He’ll Knock Sonnen Out Saturday Night… No, There’s No Punch Line [VIDEO]

(Video courtesy of YouTube/FightHubTV)

Our friend Marcos Villegas over at FightHubTV caught up with Michael Bisping ahead of his UFC on Fox 1 middleweight contender match-up this weekend and the brash Brit is not surprisingly confident of his chances Saturday night against Chael Sonnen, who he has been preparing to fight his whole life apparently.

“Well, you know…um… it’s a difficult match-up. There’s no two ways about it. Chael Sonnen is widely regarded as the number one contender and he’s closing in on a match with Anderson Silva. I was training for Demian Maia, who himself is a very, very dangerous opponent. He actually holds a very good win over Chael Sonnen. Demian Maia submitted Chael Sonnen. I’ve been training hard — as hard as humanly possible, to be honest, for my fight with Demian Maia. A fight with Chael Sonnen, there’s a lot of people out there who don’t want to take that fight,” he explained. “I didn’t think about it for a second. I jumped at the opportunity. I’m a fighter. This is what I do and I want to have the title. A lot of people said, ‘Oh, you’ve only got a week to prepare.’ I disagree. I’ve been preparing for this my whole life. I’ve been training in martial arts since I was about nine years old; I’ve been training hard for this fight. It doesn’t mean anything. At the end of the day, I don’t care about the style, we’re gonna get in there and fight and it’s gonna be who’s the better fighter. I believe I’m the better fighter, but we’ll see what happens…I believe this is my destiny to be world champion and Chael Sonnen’s in my way.”

I’m not sure if this next quote was a jab at Sonnen, considering Bisping has been taking shots at his hypogonadism all week, but if it wasn’t it’s one of the best unintentional barbs by an MMA fighter.

“There’s a lot of people out there who wouldn’t have taken this fight, but that’s precisely why I’m gonna win, because I did take this fight because I’ve got the balls and I’m gonna back it up,” Bisping says. “Ultimately it doesn’t matter [who the fans like or hate]. I couldn’t care less who’s the hero, who’s the heel, who’s liked, who’s not. There’s a lot on the line this fight. A world title shot is on the line. I couldn’t give a shit who the fans are cheering for. All I care about is winning.”

As for how he sees the fight playing out, “The Count” seems to think his, er… superior striking will decide the match, in spite of the fact that he has yet to knock out a UFC opponent.

“Chael Sonnen is an outstanding wrestler. There’s no two ways about it. I’ve fought a lot of good wrestlers in my UFC career and this fight will be just like al the others. I’m gonna go out there and look to keep it on the feet and I’ll look to knock him out — as simple as that. He’s gonna be a tough test. I’m under no false illusions about that. He’s an amazing wrestler, but like I said, I think I’m a better fighter. I want it more. Nobody wants this as bad as me. I believe I can stop his takedowns,” he predicts. “If he does take me down, I believe I can submit him on the ground. If I can’t get the submission, I’ll get back to my feet. Nobody gets back to their feet as well as me in the UFC and I’ll show that [Saturday].Of course he’s probably going to get takedowns. Like I said, I’ll get back up, but for the most part I’ll shrug off most of his takedowns, he’ll wear, I’ll start landing punches and soon he’ll fall to the floor. Chael Sonnen is probably going to look to control me on the floor and ground-and-pound me, which he’s very good at. I’m not gonna let that happen. I’m gonna work back to my feet, I’m gonna turn the tables, I’m gonna look for the knockout.”

He may be looking for a while since Sonnen has never been knocked out in his MMA career. But this is MMA and there’s always a first for anything, right. Ah, who the hell are we kidding. It ain’t happening Mike, so you should probably come up with a “Plan B.” And FYI, you can just say “Chael,” or “Sonnen” or even “he,” instead of saying his full name every time you mention him. We know who you’re referring to. You’re welcome.

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Dagnut- January 26, 2012 at 6:41 am
I don't see how Bisping is protected?? Look at the fighters he just listed he didn't make those names up he fought compare it Sonnens list...who from Sonnens list would Bisping not beat? Honestly answer that question..fcuk Bisping he's a cunt but idiots on here have no concept of how to be a real fight just cheer for guys because you like them...WWE hangs up I suppose..Sonnen, in his last 9 fights, has had 3 losses, 5 decisions and a victory over the most over-hyped fighter I've seen Brain Stann...he had 1 really good performance against Silva and people think the sun shines out of his ass!!! As far as I am concerned the only decent opponent he has beat is Nate Marquardt,who made quite a few mistakes in that fight..he had sonnen for the taking....outside of the mouthing off and the brownnose fans, I don't see where justification for all the hype is??
MMA_Hole- January 25, 2012 at 11:47 pm
Every day this site slips a little further down the shitter...
SnackDaddy- January 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm
In a perfect world Anderson Silva would fight Bisping and Sonnen, both before retiring. Bisping, so we can see him getting smashed worst then Maia and Sonnen, so the belt can go where it rightfully belongs.
Todd M- January 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm
RN 55 Says, 'Personally I really don’t care for submission victories, unless its after a seriously two way battle, then I don’t seem to mind. It was a heartbreaker to see Sonnen get submitted after dominating the entire fight. If this one goes to decision, I may stop watching MMA all together.' Yeah go check out Xarm or Slamball, this MMA fad won't last much longer anyway.
RB- January 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm
I think Mike will have a hard time in the stand up as well; preparing for the takedown as well arm punches, just like Silva seemed to be.

Mike might be better in a pure boxing match (even then, I'm not too sure), but having to worry about the takedown every time your standing is gonna hamper his game.

He will get taken down a lot. Period.
RwilsonR- January 25, 2012 at 5:27 pm
The only chance Bisping has to KO Chael is if Chael dives in for a takedown, and Bisping hits him just right with a knee. Otherwise, it ain't happening' with his fists.
dthrckt- January 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm
sonnen will complete takedowns at will
if pisbing can get to his feet he will overcompensate, leaving himself open to standing strikes, after which he won't get to his feet again

after a round of two of vicious ground and pound, pisbing, will get submitted, due to his desperate attempts to escape, or on purpose to end the embarrassment.

sonnen will oblige, rather than just pound him, because he feels some kinship with pisbing's exceptional level of delusional douchbaggery
DangadaDang- January 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm
You sir, are correct. As I said, I normally do my betting "off the books" if you will. Right now Bodog has Bisping listed at +600 to finish the fight, so I wasn't that far off, actually.
jfjjfjff- January 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm
danga, i haven't looked in a while but i believe bodog does mma prop bets. i guess i'll do some research myself when it gets closer to the weekend.
HandsofGold- January 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm
Sonnen has never been knocked out and i highly doubt Bisping will be able to knock him out. Sonnen will keep the pressure on bisping and win via decision.
DangadaDang- January 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm
Unfortunately, I don't believe those kind of options are available as far as online betting goes. I could, however, talk to my bookie, whom we shall refer to as Johnny Numbers, as I usually place my bets with him. My guess is that those odds would be somewhere in the 5 or 6-to-1 range, unless you're talking about a straight KO.
Me likey- January 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm
if bisping knocks out chael i will fuck chandella.
TerryEtimFrozenNTime- January 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm
Agree with everyone. How is Bisping going to knock out Chael when he couldn't even knock down a useless Mayhem Miller?
jfjjfjff- January 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm
danga, serious requiest: when you are out finding odds on the fights, if it is possible to research the moneyline/odds on bisping winning via KO i would like to see them.
dillweed- January 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm
bisping is one of the funniest guys in mma, only its not the funny - we're laughing with you, its the funny - we're laughing at you sort of funny.
Jackbequick- January 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm
I once was a Bisping fan if you can believe it. After he got handed a couple decisions and the way he acted when Rashad got the nod made me realize what a total arsehole this powder-wigged wanker truly is. If he was a witty shit-talker, I could at least be entertained. Fact is, he's a cry-baby who's tough to feel sorry for. Destiny, you say? That's real romantic. I for one believe in the science of pyschology and he is delusional for believing in his own hype. Come sunday morning, Count on Bisping sucking his scones through a straw............... lol
RwilsonR- January 25, 2012 at 12:18 pm
I have to say, as much as I dislike Bisping, his attitude about taking this fight on short notice is impressive. I'll give credit where credit is due.
google- January 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm
I have watched the Silva Sonnen Fight 2 times in the last 2 weeks.(My wife got me the UFC box set for 2011 for Xmas). Has everyone forgot that Sonnen also got the better of the fight when it was standing? Bisping has stand up, but its not on par with Silva by no means. If Chael can do that with him, Bisping does not stand a chance anywhere in my opinion.
scrambled eggs- January 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm
@Yazloz18 you're exactly right. The UFC likes this guy, and he pays them back too, you notice how he threw out "that's why the UFC pays so handsomely" in the interview?
The12ozCurls- January 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm
Bisping may be a dick and he may be "protected" but he is definately a polarizing figure. Love him or hate him, you want to watch his fights. Very similar to Floyd Mayweather in that respect. 25% the people tune in to watch him dominate and the other 75% tune in to watch him get KTFO. I see a very similar end to Sonnen vs. Bisping as to the Brian Stann fight.
Jackbequick- January 25, 2012 at 11:46 am
Chael is gonna flip the script on the brit. He's going to finish what poor ol' Elvis Sinosic couldn't and submit him. Sonnen won't be going down for or by the Count. Bet the house that the psuedo-politician knocks the whiskers off Bisping's face before taking home an arm connected to a goose-down fist.
Yazloz18- January 25, 2012 at 11:39 am
Here is my biggest issue with Bisping. Yes he has a shitty attitude and is an asshole but a lot of fighters are. He is one of if not the most protected fighters in UFC history and because of that his record is inflated and he has a big ego. Here is how his career has gone since he gained prominence. Fight 3 or 4 middle of the road guys, make a jump to fighting a top 10 guy and lose, then go back to 3 or 4 middle of the road guys, then jump back to a top 10 and lose. He isn't a bad fighter, he just isn't this elite guy he makes himself out to be.
Mike Russell- January 25, 2012 at 11:39 am
@Arastmaus: saying you come to CP for the journalism would be like saying you go to the strippers for the fair beer prices.
IronClad- January 25, 2012 at 11:36 am
Kid Clam Curtains- January 25, 2012 at 11:32 am
So refreshing to see "sarcasm" in the comments section.