30 Jun 2009 16:36:44 PM
(Combat Lifestyle captures Bisping’s wrestling practice at the brand new TapouT training center in Las Vegas.)
Here’s Michael Bisping, or as he will soon come to be known, “Johnny Takedown,” working on his wrestling skillz in advance of his UFC 100 bout with Dan Henderson next weekend. You’ll recall that we previously laughed off the idea that Bisping might try and take Hendo down rather than just focusing all his energy on trying to stay upright. And sure, maybe double-legs were only 10% of a wrestling practice that was 90% about sprawling and scrambling back to the feet. Still, training takedowns this close to the fight makes it seem suspiciously like Bisping intends to turn Henderson’s greatest strengths against him.
If that is the plan, it’s now officially the worst kept secret in MMA. Imagine how shocked Henderson would have been to see Bisping shoot for a takedown right off the bat. Not now though. After his wrestling coach blew up his spot and these pictures hit the internet, it’s safe to say the element of surprise is gone.