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Now What, Michael Bisping?

(Alas, Rampage Jackson’s cry of "Look the hell out!" came just a moment too late.)

Now that Michael Bisping is upright again and has finally watched the video that explains why he can no longer recognize patterns or do long division, he seems eager to get back in the Octagon and implement the lessons he learned from his brief time in the Underworld.  Bisping has vowed to “kick someone’s backside” at UFC 105 in Manchester, England this November, but the question remains, who’s backside will be presented for potential kicking?

If you’d listened to Ben vs. Ben on Sirius Fight Club (channel 127 on Sirius or 104 on XM, Fridays at 6 pm EST), you would have heard us debating this very topic.  We threw out a few names like Dan Miller or Alan Belcher, while others have mentioned Patrick Cote or Alessio Sakara.

When you think about it, it’s kind of a tricky question.  With his next fight coming back home in England, and his last fight ending in a psychedelic dream state, the UFC is going to want to give him somebody beatable, but they can’t give him a total pushover without looking like they’re tossing softballs to their British fighters as long as they stay on their own island.

Bisping says he wants “a top fighter,” though that could mean a lot of things.  Cote’s been out with a busted knee ever since October.  Sakara hasn’t fought since his highlight-reel head kick KO of Joe Vedepo in September, and Dan Miller’s coming off the decision loss to Chael Sonnen at UFC 98.  Basically, there aren’t a whole lot of “top fighters” in the UFC’s 185-pound class who aren’t spoken for.

If the UFC really wants to give Bisping a challenging, meaningful test in front of his hometown crowd, allow us to make one final suggestion: Yoshihiro Akiyama

He’s coming off a narrow victory, has his Octagon debut out of the way, and beating him would actually mean something (no offense, “Legionarius.”)  Conversely, if Akiyama wins he erases a lot of the doubt still lingering among the ‘Belcher was robbed’ camp.  Either way it’s a great fight and it allows the UFC to give Bisping a real chance to prove himself, rather than just a chance to pump up his British fans with an easy win.

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numbnuts- July 21, 2009 at 12:43 pm
I love that picture it looks like he is already taking a nap.
AussieJosh- July 21, 2009 at 1:23 am
Akiyama is a good idea! or Wandy or Kang! all three of these guys would make a good co main event for a uk card two of them would pull in a lot of asian pay per views also.
Savage- July 21, 2009 at 12:25 am
I wud def. like to see Bisping fight Yoshihiro Akiyama with hopes that bisping gets knocked out again
Lysol- July 20, 2009 at 5:49 pm
Hmm...Kendall Grove still alive? Is he still a pushover who gets more credit than he deserves for winning The Ultimate Fighter? Yep, no reason I'm asking...
DangadaDang- July 20, 2009 at 3:17 pm
Videodrome you brilliant bastard...that is a great idea, if he gets by Creduer of course, which i definetly think he will
Videodrome_NOW- July 20, 2009 at 12:54 pm
Apparently I have to bring up Nate Quarry again because everybody seems to forget that he exists. He has two losses, one to Rich Franklin in a title fight,(he was also the fist person from TUF 1 to get a title shot and he did it in 4 fights) the other to Demian Maia, who is arguable a top contender and can submit anyone it seems. So give Bisping to Quarry to see what they both can do, dammit!
eelcozy- July 20, 2009 at 12:37 pm
They are probably just going to continue feeding Bisping shitty fighters. He finally got a real test and looked...well, awful.

Circling left against Dan Henderson is really just so god damn retarded.
JPfighter- July 20, 2009 at 11:52 am
My vote would be to see Cote beat down BisPING. That would be a good fight for Cote to test out his knee, and get back into the 185 picture.

Aside from that, I think it's about time the UFC finds another UK poster-boy. The talent pool in the UK has to hold someone more relevant than BisPING.
LAS- July 20, 2009 at 11:52 am
Jesus, the Wanderlei nuthuggers are unstoppable. The guy is 1-6 in his last 7 fights, and its hard to see how he rates much higher than someone like Chris Leben at 185. Sure, he could bum rush Bisping, but its just as likely Bisping could pull a stand-and-pray special against Wand.
drummer- July 20, 2009 at 11:14 am
I agree with Biffmiester, the would be the end of Bisbing. But it sure would be fun to watch!
Biffmiester- July 20, 2009 at 10:56 am
Condit's a welterweight (FYI, he's fighting Lytle in UFN in Sept)... and what are you guys trying to do to Bisping?? Wanderlei, are you serious?! I'd actually have to pray for his life if he faces the Axe Murderer... i mean jeez, that's bloody overkill.
Spacebump- July 20, 2009 at 10:32 am
Is Condit an 185 fighter?
Spacebump- July 20, 2009 at 10:31 am
Carlos Condit would be a good match up. One guy fresh up from the minor leagues, the other on his way to the minors. ZING!!
Nikloai- July 20, 2009 at 10:27 am
bisping also has a good chance of getting ktfo for a second time
EDoggFunkMonk- July 20, 2009 at 10:26 am
They need to do a "Legends" gimmick fight. Think Mir vs Abbott or Franklin vs Shamroid.

How about Bisping vs.... Miletich. Bisping will have a size and age advantage but Miletich has skills. Scrap it.

Bisping vs Shamroid.... I don't think anyone would pay for that fight after Orsleez vs Shamroid failed to impress. Scrap it.

Bisping vs. Pulver. They can play on Pulver being an ex-champion and having defeated BJ Penn. Bisping can at least sit on him for three rounds, display no world class skill and pick up a victory. Book it.
Nikloai- July 20, 2009 at 10:25 am
There can only be one option:

Bisping vs Wanderlei

someone get that to joe silva
Nikloai- July 20, 2009 at 10:25 am
There can only be option

Bisping vs Wanderlei

someone get that to joe silva
Doc Future- July 20, 2009 at 10:04 am
Does Joe Silva still have that wet paper bag on the payroll. Lets see if he can punch his way outa that. I would love to see him fight "The Polish Experiment" or anybody from Team Quest.
Sexyamas Orange Coat- July 20, 2009 at 9:53 am
I think Sexyama would smash Bisping to bits the overrated one will never beat Mr Metro sexual....never

I reckon Dana gives his British cash cow Kendall Grove a chinny TUF Champ it makes sense and i'm sure the whole TUF 3 winners collide will be played to death in the hype
headcase- July 20, 2009 at 9:50 am
Wyatt --- BEST. IDEA. EVER!

hotsaucemonster- July 20, 2009 at 9:48 am
what about wanderlei? both are huge in Europe bisping has a good chance at beating him and it still looking very legit.
motomedic- July 20, 2009 at 9:44 am
Rampage shoulda reminded him he was there to fight, and quit doing the lame ass Bart Simpson impressions.
Wyatt- July 20, 2009 at 9:43 am
Oh, to be a fly on the wall when he watched that video! Can we get that into MMA coverage from now on? The footage of a guy that got knocked into temporary death actually watching the replay of the fight... Who wouldn't watch that?

"I'm doing good, okay, I dropped my hands a bit. Okay, it gets fuzzy right about here...OH NOOOO!!! Good God, I was twitching!?!? you guys didn't tell me I was twitching!?"
Hexed79- July 20, 2009 at 9:41 am
Man, Bisping would really have to show something impressive in his next two fights to convince me he deserved another crack at Hendo.

Honestly, the guy didn't do ANYTHING to Hendo except walk right in to what Hendo wanted him to. Bisping didn't muster enough of a fight to make Hendo consider anything other than "I'm going to crack this fucker with a gigantic right."
UFC fan- July 20, 2009 at 9:37 am
I would love to see Cote put his dumbass lights out again.
I think Cote is another great striker with good power, he is NO Henderson but still I think another KO for pisspenis would be great to see.
The other choices are fodder for the twit, er brit.