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Just As Pompous As Ever, Bisping Doesn’t Consider Mayhem a Worthy Opponent, But Sees the ‘Business Perspective’ of Having Him on TUF

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Steve Cofield caught up to TUF 14 coach Michael Bisping recently during a break from taping the SPIKE TV reality series, and the cocky Brit expressed his dissentient opinion that his opposing coach on the show, Jason “Mayhem” Miller is not a worthy opponent.

“I can fully understand it. The guy’s obviously….he does Bully Beatdown. He does a TV show, so he’s got a bit of got a bit of a crossover appeal, if you will, but I wasn’t overly excited that he’s going to be my next fight. I wanted somebody like Chael Sonnen or possibly the winner of [Yushin] Okami and Anderson [Silva] — you know, somebody of that stature in the middleweight division,” Bisping explained matter-of-factly. “But I can understand from a business perspective the UFC’s decision to do…you know, to give Mayhem the shot. It’s a double-edged sword. It will be good for the show, but it wasn’t the opponent I wanted though.”

Bisping may have caught a break when Sonnen was barred from being on the show due to his ongoing licensing issues with the California State Athletic Commission as the durable Team Quest product would drink his milkshake seven different ways.

What’s somewhat of a head-scratcher is how Bisping thinks he should be considered a superior fighter to Miller.

Let’s compare their last ten fights:

Bisping’s current three-fight streak includes wins over 39-year-old Jorge Rivera and 35-year-old Yoshihiro Akiyama. Akiyama’s biggest win of the past three years was a very debatable split-decision over Alan Belcher. Rivera’s biggest win over the same period was against Kendall Grove.

Three of his other wins in that 10-fight span were over Jason Day, Charles McCarthy and Denis Kang — all of whom have since been dropped by the UFC.

Looking at his losses, Bisping was knocked out by Dan Henderson and dropped decisions to Rashad Evans, (which prompted him to drop to middleweight) and to aging veteran Wanderlei Silva, whose UFC success could be described as lacklustre, in spite of his go-for-broke fan-friendly style.

If we go back further and find the biggest win of Bisping’s career, it would have to be the one he stole from Matt Hamill, which most would argue was a gift decision awarded to him by hometown judges in England. Because the fight took place at light heavyweight, it doesn’t improve his spot in the rankings.

Now let’s take a look at Miller’s past ten fights.

His win over Sakuraba pretty much cancels out Bisping’s win over Rivera and you could argue that his win over Tim Kennedy is worth more than any of Bisping’s, considering he is consistently ranked higher than any of the fighters “The Count” has fought at 185.

One point that’s worth noting is that Bisping has only fought one top 5 ranked middlewight fighter — Dan Henderson — and he was knocked out in devastating fashion in that fight. Miller has faced two: Chael Sonnen and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, and although he lost to both of them, he did so by decision, which in itself is a feat considering the caliber of both fighters.

He also survived three rounds with one of the top two pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

Maybe we’re missing something, but how exactly is Bisping on another echelon than Miller?

He later backtracks slightly in the interview from all but calling Miller a can to simply stating he’s a decent fighter looking to propel himself into the limelight by beating a fighter of his, er..stature.

“Listen…Miller’s tough. There’s no question, he’s super tough. He’s got great cardio. He’s tough as hell. If you look at his fight with Georges St-Pierre, he was getting the shit kicked out of him and he was just laughing the whole time. So he’s hard to finish, do you know what I mean? He’s tough. He’s got awesome jiu-jitsu. He’s got underrated stand-up and good wrestling. So don’t get me wrong, I’m not underestimating him. I’m not thinking he’s a lesser fighter than me,” Bisping explained with a straight face after stating minutes before that he was a superior fighter to Miller. “That’s not what I’m saying. But in terms of world rankings and getting a title shot, I don’t think he’s going to progress me in my career. In some ways I think he’s a bad match-up because the pressure’s going to be on me because I’m expected to beat him. And he’s obviously looking to make a name on my back.”

So a win over Mayhem wouldn’t do anything for his career, but his past three wins over Akiyama, Miller and Rivera did?

Fight Matrix’s middleweight rankings disagree:



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MMA_Hole- June 15, 2011 at 10:27 am
Even by Cage Potato's ever declining standards, this article is wholly pathetic.

Bisping is nothing but respectful towards Miller in the interview. In fact, he's hugely complimentary. He literally doesn't say a bad thing about him. He says that he's expected to beat him (which is true) but says he doesn't consider him to be any less of a fighter than himself. I love to know where he 'all but [calls] Miller a can'.

Honestly, articles like this do the site no favours. I know this place isn't all about serious journalism but this reads like it was written by the average 10 year old Sherdogger, especially the comparison of Bisping and Miller's records. That part bordered on farce.

Also, how many of the posters above actually watched the video? It doesn't seem like many. It's especially funny since the end of it talks about how good fans hating on him has been for his career.

As others have already said, this article is an embarrassment.
Kaibo- June 15, 2011 at 8:06 am

Who fucking wrote this? You are ignoring so many variables. This is a joke. Didn't Mayhem beat Chael in like 2002 or something, aka one of Chael's first fights?
lallinho- June 15, 2011 at 5:46 am
This is one of the most embarassing articles I've ever seen written on a major MMA site. Seriously, who wrote this shit?
On what planet does Sakuraba, who virtually came to the ring on a stretcher, cancel out a beating of Rivera?
I'll accept bias and warped facts if it's funny. This wasn't.
Please never write again.
fatbellyfrank- June 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm
For mine, Bisping is just an unlikeable human, doesn't matter what he does, who he beats, to me, he just comes across as an insufferable dickwad his performances on TUF as a contestant and a coach showed him as a whining little bitch who doesn't mind dishing out a bit of crap, but cant handle it when it comes back at him. And he will never be more than a gatekeeper in his division because thats as far as his ability can take him.
buttonhookcrisscross- June 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm
What is a "dooble idged sard?" Is that like a sword thats sharp on both sides? Lisping needs to clean the bangers and mash out of his trap and put some more baritone in that voice before I pee all over him.
dillweed- June 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm
This is like in high school when 2 kids you didn't like got in a fight.. you're kinda like "who gives a shit" but it would be nice to see one of them lose so you watch anyway
Head Kick- June 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm
@Jazzninja: that USA chanting makes me cringe every time too.
intercept440- June 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm
no way bisping wins this. sorry to all you who think he will, miller doesnt have super K.O. power, but what he does have bisping will lose to, and thats the submission game. miller takes this by taking bispings arm home with him for a trophy
Brunkfunk- June 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm
Who wrote this? Its fucking pathetic
Jazzninja- June 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm
I do like the country and I even liked Bush (whacked out I know) but I can't help but roll my eyes and sigh whenever the chants of USA USA ring out through the stands. Patriotism, nationalism, racism?
Goog- June 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm
Goog- June 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm
I'm not a Bisping fan at all. I've taken every legitimate shot at him. I want a tattoo of Dan Henderson knocking him out. However... I gotta be honest. This interview was the least irritating thing I've seen him do. He's entitled to his opinion or preference of opponent and I gotta say I agree with him. Miller is tough, but he's not a springboard to a title shot. I thought it was actually a decent interview. Did have to lol at Mayhem calling him Osama in Laden.
Jazzninja- June 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm
wtf all my editing disappeared so now it looks like a wall of mashed up text which I can't edit... thanks CP.
Jazzninja- June 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm
Really? Mr Writer? You can't see how a high middle-pack UFC fighter with a tonne of name value and infamy who's only lost one of his last five to a arguable decision to a faded legend who manages to stay relevant in the top org in the world (and could kick Sakuraba's almost entirely irrelevant ass [despite his fearsome past] every day of the week)cannot be considered to be a much bigger marque star than a journeyman fighter, more famous for his MTV hosting gig and crazy personality than his fighting and yet still less famous than Bisping.

Sirs I present to you the magic of the non-UFC fighters artificially inflated power level. Do you guys just add +9000 points for not being in the UFC? You try operating like that in statistics or science. You can't compare two scores measured on very different scales. It would never be considered valid. Yet the number of people that constantly rate guys who aren't in the UFC because they beat a bunch of guys who ALSO aren't in the UFC?! is astounding. It's like (to use a soccer example) saying a 2nd division team (or more like 3rd or 4th in the case of strikeforce or jap-mma) is better than Manchester United because they picked up more wins this season. I mean you see the obvious disconnect there but for some reason the magic of the non UFC fighter seems to cancel this all out wonderfully.

PS. I always love when guys magically start to show "inproved form" after being cut from the UFC and going elsewhere while fighters touted as UFC contender material (by online experts and self proclaimed 'real', 'hardcore' or 'oldschool' mma fans) drawn from elsewhere often somehow flounder in the big league. People are left looking for excuses saying "Oh they haven't looked the same since coming to the UFC... they must have lost focus, shape, had a layoff... basically anything to avoid the white elephant conclusion that the UFC is just a bigger pong with bigger fish. A piranha in a goldfish pond looks badass but not so much when tossed into a shark tank.
RSparrow- June 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm
I want Bisping to get knocked unconscious. Sadly, Miller isn't capable of that kind of KO. That's the shittiest part about it, I wanted Stann to get him.
Insane_Merc- June 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm
anonymous postings lol haiarious shit!!! I say Mayhem by Submission 2nd or 3rd round.
LOKI- June 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm
@parchy mcthirst-....its still Frank Trigg, and it didnt start on the ground.
And everyone knows Sakuraba threw the fight with Miller and Rivera was on a tear going into that fight. Miller's last win that isnt completely laughable is a Decision over a severly unfocused Tim Kennedy who was between tours duty at the time.
Joedirt- June 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm
War Miller.
ArmFarmer- June 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm

GSP was finishing fighters left and right back then, and he was certainly trying to finish Mayhem. GSP didn't become a decision machine until after the fluke Matt Serra KO.

@Snackdaddy and everyone else jumping to Bispings defense

Bisping really isn't very good.. he's a can crusher.. and he's a dick. There's a reason every article about him points out that he's an asshole. It's because he is one. As far as his accomplishments, Wins over guys like Hammil and Leben just don't impress that much when he's being bullied all over the cage, and running away landing counter strikes on overaggressive opponents that are chasing him the entire fight. He is out of his mind asking for chael, okami, and esp. anderson. Any of those guys would mop the floor with him worse than miller will.
SnackDaddy- June 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm
Just another example of CagePotato being extremely biased against Micheal Bisping. Can you even start an article about him without calling him cocky, pompous, prick, jerk etc etc. all in the first para? This is a fucking joke, not journalism. You can manipulate the stats all you want, call Bisping's wins unfair, call his opponents second best, but the fact remains he looks far more impressive than your boy Miller has ever looked. His boxing is one of the best in the division. His cardio is probably the best in the division and, he hasn't been taken down by wrestlers or jui-jitsu specialist. His only losses are to former pride and UFC champions, and even there he was winning for the most part.
parchy mcthirst- June 14, 2011 at 11:51 am
Frank Trigg was allowed to soccer kick. That's a vital difference in rules, which the UFC doesn't have. So, it's not really case in point
parchy mcthirst- June 14, 2011 at 11:49 am
It's possible that Bisping wins the fight; however, it seems more than plausible that Miller will get the victory because he is more of a threat to Bisping than Bisping is to Miller. Sure, Bisping is a pretty good stand up fighter, but Miller is resilient and can hold his own. Moreover, Miller is a superior ground fighter and grappler. Bisping may out work Mayhem, but I doubt it.
LOKI- June 14, 2011 at 11:34 am
And I fully expect him to trounce Miller, case in point Frank Trigg.
LOKI- June 14, 2011 at 11:33 am
Bisping may be the only guy who gets more undeserved vitriol than Rashad. He got more shit for his antics than Brock, Joe Son, Kimo, Jeremy Jackson or Lee Murry.
Other than the questionable knee, the Hamma Hammel decision, and some post-fight adrenalin-drunk spittin, what has he really done that pisses everyone off so much?
He is kinda Englands answer to Matt Hughes, personality wise anyway.
SeanSoloXXX- June 14, 2011 at 11:28 am
Brian Stann?