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Bisping to Pursue Worst Possible Strategy Against Henderson at UFC 100?

(This night was going so well, and then Bisping just had to launch into a chorus of "Rule Britannia" and make everyone uncomfortable.)

Here’s a crazy idea for you: what if Michael Bisping decided that instead of making his gameplan at UFC 100 all about avoiding the takedown and keeping the fight on the feet, he went out and tried to take Hendo down?  You know, Hendo as in Dan Henderson.  The former Olympic wrestler who has lately been winning fights purely by holding people down and battering their faces until they look as bad as he does.  What’s that you say, it would be a ridiculously poor and self-destructive strategy?  Well maybe you should tell that to Bisping’s wrestling coach, Zach Light:

"He will take Dan Henderson down more than one time in the fight. He will, that’s how he is going to win the fight. That is how I see it. When they start trading I think Mike will win the scrambles. Dan is a great scrambler but in a scramble situation I think Mike is going to come out on top every time.”

Okay, there are two ways we can interpret this remark:

1) It’s all a ploy.  Remember when Muhammad Ali said he was going to dance against George Foreman and everyone felt kind of sad for him because he was getting old and his dancing days appeared to be over?  Then he went in there and did the exact opposite and won the fight and then the movie came to a triumphant end?  That’s what this is.  Bisping’s camp is trying to screw with Henderson’s head by making him think this is going to be a wrestling match.  Then, when the fight starts, Bisping fakes a shot and nails him with an overhand right.  Case closed.


2) Zach Light is a dude who no one wants to interview very often, so when someone asks him a question he says something that he thinks will keep their attention.  Something like, ‘Bisping will win this fight with his wrestling,’ or ‘The moon landing was fake and I can prove it.’  Whatever sounds crazy enough to get you to ask a follow-up.

Those are the only two options.  They have to be, because the alternative is that Bisping really does plan to try and outwrestle a guy whose only advantage in this fight is not youth or speed or striking or submissions but wrestling, and that simply can’t be the case.  Say what you will about Bisping, he’s smarter than that.  The odds that he goes in there looking for the takedown against Henderson?  They’re about the same as the odds that Brock Lesnar begins his fight with Frank Mir by pulling guard.

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Komodo- June 26, 2009 at 9:20 pm
I hope Hendo DROPS THE FUCKING BRICKS on Count Snoot.
StRyKeR- June 26, 2009 at 8:24 pm
@ Lysol

i don't have a single michael jackson song on my ipod, and it will stay that way.

indifferent to his death
LowelltheHammer- June 26, 2009 at 7:56 pm
This is the same guy that coached Kongo, who is noted for his striking ability, to try and win a wrestling match against Heath Herring, who is noted for his strength in scrambles. Wouldn't really be surprised if he wanted Bisping to try and wrestle Hendo.
natesmythe1- June 26, 2009 at 10:44 am
Dubbayoo- June 26, 2009 at 9:38 am
Actually, there's probably better odds for Brock pulling guard. He at least has the strength do that. That's my pointless post of the day, gang.
ReDx- June 26, 2009 at 8:58 am

If you recall, you said he only wins fights by stick and move and getting the decision. Now you want to try to go into depth. Anybody could tell you he struggles with wrestlers, that has nothing to do with what you said.

You say get my facts straight and do research on what? You're the idiot that said he only wins by decision, I was simply pointing out that he has 2 wins by decision and he only used the stick and move on his last fight. I don't need research you prove you wrong on that, if you have eyes and watch MMA then you'd know that.

Everybody knows McCarthy was a can but he had no choice with Day, if it wasn't for Leben having to serve time in jail then that fight would have happened sooner and Day would never be in the picture.

So you say his England record is pointless, and the first two fights at middleweight are pointless, and his win/loss to Hamill(I agree he lost) then hes won 4 fights, 3 of them were won by TKO and only 1 by decision. That still makes you wrong in you saying he wins all his fights with stick and move by decision.
LargeMidget- June 26, 2009 at 8:32 am
It's godda be a ploy. Nobody at middleweight or LHW can out-wrestle Hendo, especially not Micheal Bisping.

Hendo takes the unanimous decision.
Jesus Frijoles- June 26, 2009 at 8:00 am
Yep, Micheal Jackson is dead... he choked on an eight year old wienie.

What?.... too soon.
Rot in hell you creapy fucking pedophile.
rh- June 26, 2009 at 5:21 am
@cagepotato re: "...plan to try and outwrestle a guy whose only advantage in this fight is not youth or speed or striking or submissions but wrestling..."

I think you're overlooking Henderson's power standing. He hits harder than anyone Bisping has faced.

I do agree with the rest of the article...this is either smoke and mirrors or temporary insanity. I'm hoping for the latter, because I think it will be hilarious to watch reality pounded into Bisping & Co.

Lysol- June 25, 2009 at 10:17 pm
Okay, to the people making Michael Jackson jokes:
1.) Too soon.
2.) Don't act like you don't have Thriller on your mp3 player.
kylestyle- June 25, 2009 at 9:42 pm
thats the worst game plan ever
Dmonicideals- June 25, 2009 at 9:38 pm
^^ LOL, "punchers taste delicious"
HereForTheBooze- June 25, 2009 at 9:34 pm

How can you bring up bispings record and not realize that he scored 10 of his wins in England, in 2004. In all my memory I never remember looking at a brit pre-2008 and saying "Damn, that mother can wrestle"

You only need two years of experience to realize his track record with wrestlers is essentially 0-2 (tell me he beat hamill and I'll kick your guide dog)

So bro, get your facts straight, do some research, and then come back to me about trends in fighters.

Ps. Please try to bring up Charles McCarthy or Jason "Punches taste delicious" Day
Art Gibs- June 25, 2009 at 7:42 pm
I want Hendo's right hand to find a home on Bisping's chin -- his fist could find a place to settle down and shatter his jaw. We haven't seen Hendo's power since Silva. And let's pray Hendo still has it, because the best end to that fight must be Hendo winning by paralyzing KO.
dbiggles- June 25, 2009 at 7:27 pm
Dmonicideals- June 25, 2009 at 6:59 pm
May both Michaels rest in peace.

Mike Milbury- June 25, 2009 at 4:41 pm
Well, at least he didn't say Bisping was going to spend the fight "outpointing" Hendo.
TheHuytonHandGrenade- June 25, 2009 at 4:33 pm
Bisping wins this fight on a decision mark my muddafuckin words
Jay Smith- June 25, 2009 at 4:10 pm
Bisping will finally get his ass stomped the way I've been wanting to see it get stomped since I first saw this dude on TUF. I hope anyway, and yes the king of pop is gone. RIP Mike.
ReDx- June 25, 2009 at 4:02 pm

You must have just started MMA within the past year. To say that Bisping always wins with his stick and move and by decision is just plain stupid. Out of 18 professional fights he has won 2 by decision.
11 of his fights were (T)KO.
shitbag- June 25, 2009 at 4:02 pm
Oh, and Hendo by UD. He'll frustrate Bisping in every aspect of the game
shitbag- June 25, 2009 at 4:01 pm
Michael Jackson died?!!??!?
eelcozy- June 25, 2009 at 3:45 pm
I wonder what it would look like if Brock Lesnar pulled guard. A hippo or elephant being tipped over?
Clyde- June 25, 2009 at 3:43 pm
The guys had 3 decisions so I think it's unfair to say that's his only plan. Frankly, I don't think he's that stupid and his wrestling coach is talking shit. If this is a wrestling match and goes to decision, we all know who's got it in the bag don't we?

Bisping's best chance is a KO/TKO because he can't outwrestle hendo, I seriously doubt he'll submit him, so that leaves knockout or loose as his two choices. If his coaches are recommending another strategey, it's time to consider a new team.
ihateemo- June 25, 2009 at 3:40 pm
Granted, his "stick and move" left Leben's cornrowed head looking like it lost a fight against a meat tenderizer. Homeboy was bruised and battered and Bisping was unscathed.