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Michael Bisping Gets his next Opponent for UFC 152. SPOILER: It’s Someone he Called Out.


ANOTHER SPOILER: It’s not Zeus, Neptune or the Kraken, either.

Okay, so the title of the article gives you no hints at all whatsoever on who Michael Bisping’s next opponent is. Given that Michael Bisping has been calling out seemingly every relevant middleweight, the title can be referring to any fighter that would make sense as an opponent for “The Count,” and even a few that wouldn’t. Big whoop, wanna fight about it?

Well, The Count now has an opponent in place for September 22′s UFC 152 in Toronto. Standing across the cage from Michael Bisping will be none other than Brian Stann.

When we last saw Stann in action, the former Marine made very quick work of Alessio Sakara at April’s UFC on FUEL TV 2, knocking him out two and a half minutes into their bout. Stann was then expected to welcome Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard to the UFC at August’s UFC on Fox 4, but a shoulder injury forced him off of the card. After being called out by none other than Michael Bisping, “The All-American” would accept Bisping’s callout on July 4th, which I’m sure has some kind of significance.

Likewise, Michael Bisping is coming off of a unanimous decision loss at the hands of Chael Sonnen at UFC on Fox 2 in January. Bisping was expected to face Tim Boetsch at UFC 149, but fell victim to the UFC 149 injury curse.

While a victory for Stann would certainly put him “in the mix” at 185, a loss for Michael Bisping would more than likely keep him out of contention for the foreseeable future.  Losing two straight fights would already be enough to warrant a gatekeeper for his next fight, but seeing how Mayhem Miller is arguably the biggest name he’s defeated since his 2008 victory over Chris Leben, it’s doubtful he’d be getting another top contender any time soon.

In other UFC 152 booking news, the finale of the Flyweight Tournament will also take place at this event. Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez will be fighting for the right to be the first champion in the history of the UFC flyweight division. Barring any kind of mistake that forces a rematch, nothing can possibly go wrong, right?

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deloitj- July 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm
You can't really call the Sonnen vs Bisping fight "forgettable".. both put up a good fight and Sonnen came forth as the winner...

Check out Bisping's interview on the Sonnen vs Anderson fight
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVzBwu75OTE
Mr_Misanthropy- July 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm
Well, it seems that we all can agree that the Sonnen vs. Bisping fight was pretty forgettable, Bisping is party to a lot of meaningless decisions, and his most exciting moment of the last couple of years was gracefully volunteering his dome to Hendo's highlight reel.
deloitj- July 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm
You can't really call the Sonnen vs Bisping fight "forgettable".. both put up a good fight and Sonnen came forth as the winner...

Check out Bisping's interview on the Sonnen vs Anderson fight
SKK BB- July 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm
That'll be a great fight. I think they're very evenly matched. Bisping is much more well rounded but stann can throw bombs, and remember what henderson's bombs did to Bisping?
XENOPHON- July 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm
Sopapo- I fall into your camp on this one. Losing to Rashad, Hendo, Wanderlei, and Sonnen imparts one clear message to all with eyes opened. Bispings only victories come when he is matched with 11th hour fighters below gatekeeper status.
Bisping has 10 additional fights to his experience, but they where all nobodies.
bitteralex- July 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm
@sopapo
sorry but no... I saw bisping controlling the fight moreso than sonnen... it was bisping who had sonnen pressed against the cage more often than not... granted it was a close fight and could be argued either way but I saw it for bisping
if sonnen dominated so much of the fight why would he be so unsure about the outcome immediately after the fight? he had said so in an interview with helwani or in the post fight presser
Sopapo- July 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm
@Grudge
Please go watch that fight again. Soennen controlled it from start to finish. Dictated the pace, where the action took place, lead in strikes. One can't just simply argue with what he 'feels'.
gruge- July 14, 2012 at 11:51 am
Nope, Bisping wont have too much trouble here. Stann is not a top 5 Middleweight, Bisping is. He is one of the most underated fighters in the UFC and even after his fight with Chael ( a fight I personaly felt he won), people still dislike giving him any credit.

The only realy chance that Stann has is to knock Bisping out, but thats a risk in any fight. There is nothing wrong with Bispings chin, ive said befor, that H bomb would have knocked out anyone. Bisping only realy struggles when he is faced with High end competition, and Stann just isnt there yet.
Crow42- July 14, 2012 at 11:13 am
Stann gonna knock Bispin into the welterweight division
Fried Taco- July 14, 2012 at 11:10 am
Murica!
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