After spending the night screaming himself hoarse, an “amped-up” (read: sweaty and half-drunk) Michael Bisping spent a few minutes with Ariel Helwani lobbying for a fight against Anderson Silva, on the grounds that he’d do a lot better against Silva than Chael Sonnen did on Saturday night. Why? Because he can wrestle and strike. And that’s pretty much it. The secret to beating Anderson Silva is basic well-roundedness, I guess. But Bisping’s greater motivation is simply to see how he’d stack up against the best in the world. Here’s how the Count broke down Silva vs. Sonnen 2, and his hopes for a future meeting with the Spider:
“Chael is an amazing wrestler, you know, he went to the Olympics I think. Not everybody can do that. I’m not that level of wrestler. I can wrestle a little bit, but I’m not like Chael Sonnen. But, I can kickbox a damn sight better than Chael Sonnen can. I won’t get knocked out in the second round like Chael Sonnen did. That’s a fact. [Silva] got wrestled to death in the first round, it was a massively dominant round for Chael Sonnen in the first round. But [Silva] does it every time, he proves why he’s the best. It doesn’t matter what happens in round one. It’s how the fight ends. And Anderson Silva, he pulled it off again. You’re a fool to bet against Anderson. He’s amazing.
“And for me, personally, I want to fight the guy because I want to see how I can do against him. I’ve beat a lot of guys, but I want to fight that guy. I think I can do better. And I’m never going to know that until I get in there with him. Yes, I want to fight him. Yes, I want to get paid for a title shot. I want the main event, I want all that. But for me, personally, for my mind and soul, I want to fight the guy to know how I would do. Because I think I can do better than Chael Sonnen did. In fact, I know I can do better than what Chael Sonnen did.”
Unfortunately, Bisping is coming off a loss to Sonnen himself, which means he’ll probably have to win at least a couple fights before he’s granted such an honor. So he might as well start laying the groundwork for his budding rivalry with Brian Stann:
“Brian Stann, looks like your balls have grown a little bit. Listen mate, respect, you’re a great fighter, you really are, and you’re a fantastic individual, I have nothing but respect. But if you step into that Octagon with me, you’re gonna get your ass kicked, so just know that. So when you sign that contract, you’re gonna get knocked out, you’re gonna get beat down, you’re gonna get cut up, you’re gonna get bloody, you’re gonna get messed up, you’re gonna get *beat*, period.”
Stann — who most recently scored a first-round knockout of Alessio Sakara in April — has been recovering from a shoulder injury, but the timing could be right for a meeting with Bisping in September. Any predictions on that match? And would Bisping do any better against Anderson Silva than Chael did?