(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.