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Michael Bisping Is One Win Away From Anderson Silva

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According to UFC prez Dana White (via Fighters Only magazine), Michael Bisping would be ready for a title shot if he manages to defeat Dan Henderson following their coaching stints on The Ultimate Fighter: Team U.S. vs. Team U.K., which is scheduled to premiere on April 1st after UFC Fight Night 18. The only thing that would prevent an immediate title shot for Bisping in this scenario is if Anderson Silva is tied up in the light-heavyweight division. As White explains:

“With the exception of Bisping, [Silva] has cleaned out the [middleweight] division. The logical step is for him to move up to light-heavyweight. One thing I like from boxing is that fighters often move up when they clean out their weight class — although apart from that I generally use boxing as an example of what not to do [with the UFC]."

Ever the good employee, Bisping is already preparing mentally for the possibility. As he tells FO:

“I think with Silva you have to rough him up a bit, get in his face and smother his work. I think that is where people have been going wrong, they give him the distance to work with.”

Oh man. Fighters talking about the proper way to beat Anderson Silva (and Fedor Emelianenko) never stops being hilarious to me. It should be noted that Dan Henderson actually had some early success against Silva with an aggressive rough-’em-up style during their fight at UFC 82 last March, but that only made the Spider angrier, and Hendo was obliterated in the second round. And as we saw in his last fight against Patrick Cote, Anderson Silva now has the power to blow-out knees using only his mind. So basically, Bisping had better start training with Freddie Roach, or he has no chance in this one.

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Anonymous- February 4, 2009 at 4:22 am
all i know is someone needs to knock that fuck blaxecan Brazilian ho bag out already.... I vote GSP.. mabe the Vaseline will help
gvd- January 20, 2009 at 10:09 am
To be honest the best matchup for Silva would be if the winner of Penn/GSP went up in weight to take on the champ. That fight would have rogan fapping mid sentence and attempting to jump the cage and join in on the action.
gvd- January 20, 2009 at 10:04 am

"Is Bisping aware that he's been protected and groomed? How does a "great" middle-weight fighter like Bisping manage to never fight:

1) Nate Marquart
2) Yushin Okami
3) Thales Leites
4) Damien Maia
5) Rich Franklin
6) Dan Henderson

Look closely at his record. He's beat nobody of consequence. Ever. I like the guy and his hard-knocks road to the UFC is pretty cool... but c'mon. A win over Jason Day and Leben doesn't make you the guy who's going to unravel the Anderson enigma."

It's a well known fact he's being kept around because he holds a large euro fan base. He would get obliterated by silva. I mean i'm talking the first 30 seconds TKO/KO.
Bovice- January 20, 2009 at 12:10 am
@ i love the calm before the storm it reminds me of beethoven

You have a "PURPLE helmet"?
Thoughts- January 19, 2009 at 8:20 pm
uh...can anyone translate this wanker's comment?
i love the calm before the storm it reminds me of beethoven- January 19, 2009 at 8:01 pm
to the yank who called bisping a cockney WRONG cockneys are londoners you spaz bastard now u can go back to licking bus vs usgay is stuipid because hendos has 2 british grandparents so we carnt lose the coaches match.and yr team of sweaty wrestlers are gona get beaten like a dog thats humping yr leg kind of like all yr droopy tited mums or in american mommy.all of you can suck my purple helmet like your mums were bread shit back if you want am not even gona look at or read this page again because am to bizzy squrting love piss in yr mums face and eating her think bisping is cocky and arrogant its called personality you set of fucking girls dresses and thats entertainment.
fedor a million ankles- January 19, 2009 at 7:19 pm
I think the England vs. USA thing is gonna turn out to be a really bad idea.
The Irish Wolfhound- January 19, 2009 at 5:40 pm
Eh bisping hasn't really beaten anyone all that impressive. I dont have a vendetta or anythin against the guy, like a lot of people seem to on here, but it's the truth. There are plenty of fighters who should go ahead of him, but the sad fact is that bisping is from england and has occasionally run his mouth. I think he should have to fight someone a little more his own level before Hendo, because honestly, he'll probably get wrecked.
player from the south- January 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm
i think the ufc should feed bisping to wandy when wandy decides to go down in weight. i would really like to see bisping go against that one Brazilian dude who was throwin gumby around the other night. i really dont think bisping is good enough to fight with the likes of Anderson or Henderson.
Thoughts- January 19, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I think you are dreaming if you think that most people here understand that. Take pride in tha fact you are one of the few who does.

Jugger- January 19, 2009 at 2:47 pm
@ Thoughts,

I think MOST people on here realize that the UFC is a business and that Bisping is a "product". We realize that it's in the UFC's best interested to milk him as much as they can. We also realize that Bisping MUST create interest in himself by calling out fighters and creating drama. We also realize that certain fighters, even if they have amazing talent, can't be marketed due to their lack of drama or inability to speak English and therefore promote themselves as well as a less talented fighter could.

But who wants to talk about that?
HaHa- January 19, 2009 at 2:38 pm
Its is about time Bisping is exposed. Dan Henderson and Anderson Silva will destroy him. He has been given his current position in order to justify him being a TUF coach and to build up the UFC in the UK.
Thoughts- January 19, 2009 at 2:33 pm
The UFC, from a business standpoint, cant allow someone with little fame/spotlight to fight Anderson on the small chance they might win. Okami, Im sorry buddy, but no casual fan even knows you exist. Bisping is a TUF alum, has a decent win streak rolling, and has a huge following...

Everyday I read these articles/comments and I am amazed at how many people dont understand the business aspects of promoting. You cant have your up and comers lose to someone who already lost to Anderson; The point is to get Anderson Silva in the ring defending his belt, not to watch all possible competition lose setting up nothing but rematches with already beaten/destroyed opponents.

I, for one, say Bisping should be allowed to fight A.S. Win or lose its the biggest title fight 185 can produce now. I would imagine more PPV buys for Bisping/silva than any Hendo/Franklin/Marquart/etc rematch.
d- January 19, 2009 at 2:26 pm
what are those bumps on his forehead?

get proactive homie.
Jay Smith- January 19, 2009 at 2:25 pm
The only way to beat the spider is to bring some sort of weapon into the fight. I don't know.....a switchblade in the cup, ..........a throwing star snuck into the ring in one of your gloves, ......... maybe some blinding "blood sport" powder under a headband. Fuck, I don't know I wouldn't fight the guy.
Nice knowing you Bisping.
Goog- January 19, 2009 at 2:05 pm
Michael "the Count How Few Good Fights I've Had" Bisping is being used in England the way Brandon "the Truth Is I'm Not A Contender" Vera is being used with the Filipino fans [despite being born in the states]- to gain PPV buys and popularity for simply being native/descendant to the areas. There's a lot of money to be made over there and squashing Bisping under the best fighters too soon wouldn't set up the overseas events to really cash in. Build him up as a local hero for a while and give England someone to declare as their representative and it'll be more lucrative. You know, Canada has GSP. The only difference is GSP is insanely talented and Bisping is good enough to not get killed. I hate even using the two in the same paragraph, but that's the way it goes. If it looked like Israel was a good place to cash in, all of a sudden you'd see a big change in the way a mid-card Jewish fighter with a so-so record is marketed.
Imbecile- January 19, 2009 at 1:53 pm
Well... I have to disagree with most of you on this one. I really want to see Bisping fight Anderson Silva.

All of you who said Bisping has had an incredibly easy road and doesn't deserve a title shot... you are absolutely right. All of you who said he isn't in Anderson's class and should shut his ugly cockney mouth about someone far superior to his limited skill-level... you are absolutely right. Everyone who said Bisping would get destroyed by Dan Henderson (and probably about 5 or 6 other middleweights that aren't Anderson Silva)... you are absolutely right.

But I still want to see this match. Mainly because I want Anderson Silva to have another spectacular, highlight reel knockout, and Bisping's over-confident ass is just begging to be on the other end of that.
J- January 19, 2009 at 1:30 pm
He pretty much came out and told the world he would never be able to beat Anderson when he said “I think with Silva you have to rough him up a bit, get in his face and smother his work. I think that is where people have been going wrong, they give him the distance to work with.”

Honestly when was the last fight he didn't back peddle the whole time? Is there one cuz I musta missed that one. Most every fight I've seen him in he worked real hard to keep his distance so he could counter punch and leave it to the judges.
matt- January 19, 2009 at 1:24 pm
i think your forgetting the fact that he has to beat dan henderson in order to get that title shot. If he beats dan henderson he is a legitimate contender and you cant deny it, with that win he will be 8-1 in the ufc with his only loss coming at the hands of the current light heavyweight champ rashad evans
Eat My Buns- January 19, 2009 at 1:17 pm
LOL @ cation and anderson mind powers
fedor a million ankles- January 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm
Bisping is a tool, but why is everybody so worked up about it? He's gonna get smashed by Dirty Dan, and personally I'm excited for that. It's ok to suck but you gots to keep it real. Bisping does not keep it real.

fedor a million ankles- January 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm
^^^ Atleast Forrest Griffin KNOWS he's over rated...
Keyser Soze- January 19, 2009 at 12:58 pm
I actually didn't mind Bisping on TUF. However, that being said, once he made his break in the UFC, that changed totally. I'm at the point now, where I don't care if its Cabbage Correira... in a Bisping vs. fight, I'm rooting for the other guy. Bisping's a complete f*ckstick.

Which is why I'm totally looking forward to a Bisping vs. Silva fight. I know he doesn't deserve a title shot, but I'm gonna love watching him get knocked the f*ck out. I only hope Silva shatters his jaw so we don't have to hear him speak when his mouth's wired shut.

Henderson will own Bisping anyway. So would Franklin. I think Bisping knows he's being protected, but he's too damn scared to man up and fight some real fighters.
Hooked on Phonics Guy- January 19, 2009 at 12:53 pm
Speak English Tuf Guy......guyseses??
Jugger- January 19, 2009 at 12:53 pm
I can see Bisping beating Dan using the same gameplan he used against Leben. Use a timid striking game to win points and go for a decision... especially if it goes down in his back yard. Dan is better, yes, but Bisping could backpedal enough to pull it off.

I can just see Bisping when Anderson get's his heat-lock on at the beginning of round 2. You know, when you can almost see Silva find his range... beep, beep, beep, beep, beeeeeeeeeeeeeep *target acquired*. Then the feces hits the oscillater. Bisping will be like, "Dang, guess I forgot to smother him."