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‘UFC on FOX 2′ Hype Alert: Michael Bisping Dares Chael Sonnen to Take Him Down


We’re just nine days away from the greatest inter-continental Villain vs. Villain match in UFC history, as Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping square off for a shot at the middleweight title at UFC on FOX 2. The short-notice nature of the bout means that we won’t be getting as much memorable-trash talk as we could have. But Bisping is doing his best to build some heat, telling FightersOnly:

Chael’s biggest weapon is his mouth – but this ain’t no kissing contest and he isn’t going to talk me to death. Unlucky for him he can’t hurt me with his mouth in the Octagon and I am going to crush him. I’m in my prime and this is my time…

[H]is wrestling skills will be on point, I’m going to get the best Chael Sonnen possible, I know that. But his jiu-jitsu wont be too slick. Chael Sonnen can take me down if he likes, because I know I can submit him off my back. I know I can. That’s his big weakness. I may not have a black belt, but I consider myself a black belt. I’ve been rolling with Jake Shields, Dean Lister and a wash of other world champions. Believe me, if Chael Sonnen takes me down he better be prepared to get submitted.

Working with these guys recently, these top level jiu-jitsu guys, has really brought on my game and I am so comfortable on my back right now. In the past I have stood fights up a lot but the way I am training right now, I will be delighted if Chael takes me down. If he does, then it will be a short night for him.”

It sounds like Bisping is already preparing for the likelihood that he’ll be on his back more than a porn star with a mortgage. But he’s right to lay his hopes on jiu-jitsu, considering that eight of Sonnen’s 11 losses have come via submission. Though Chael has earned a reputation for being a triangle-choke/armbar victim against Brazilian opponents (Anderson Silva, Demian Maia, Paulo Filho, Renato Sobral), he’s been submitted just as often by plain-old white dudes (Jeremy Horn [twice], Forrest Griffin, Trevor Prangley). I guess that should be encouraging to Bisping, in a totally stupid, irrelevant way.

As for Sonnen, the Gangster From West Linn has actually been keeping the personal attacks to a minimum so far, outside of a tweet last night comparing Bisping to Pip on South Park. In fact, Sonnen says he’s the furthest thing from a Bisping-hater, telling USA Today (via MMAMania):

I’m not on the anti-Bisping bandwagon. I never have been. I think he’s good. I hear a lot of negative things said about him, but I think most of it comes from frustration of maybe his personality or something like that. I think if you’re real objective and you look at his skill set and his in-ring ability, you’ll know that he’s a talented guy. He’s definitely cocky and arrogant, which is two qualities that I like in a person. I like a cocky guy and I like an arrogant guy, so he earns points with me in those regards, but I think it turns a lot of people off … I’ve never even seen Bisping in trouble. I’ve never seen him come out of there cut and scraped and bruised. He seems to go in, take care of business and go home.”

As they say, game recognize game — and heel recognize heel. By the way, Bisping is currently a huge underdog against Sonnen. Should he be?

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XENOPHON- January 20, 2012 at 10:59 am
@TOddM - you got to split it up a bit with the silly periods. Makes for clarity for the dolts, and it speeds up the read. IMHO
@Drewimus - LOL, at first it wasn't. But now, let me think about how I can get my spinning balarena to want to take a trip to Palm Beach.
Actually it was drinking first, then went from watching a fight, to getting into a fight, to fucking.
Maybe I should go buy a Harley Davidson. I once found a HD t-shirt in the side of the road in Hawaii, stopped and picked it up for the trip home. Thought it would make for a great souvenir for someone, but decided to keep it.
I got an uncle who ran with bikers - but got locked up for getting caught with a pound of blow, and a bunch of machine guns. Yes, Xenos uncle, go figure.
Anyway, you guys need to nut up and ask your old ladies if getting rode hard, and put away is what most women want. I bet, the answer is yes. Report back your findings please.
Dr. Drew, back at you bra...when next in Florida, I will look you up. If you ever end up in Southern California...promise, my dime, I'll take you to TJ and we can watch the UFC at the Donkey Bar. No explanations required. GRIN
Dagnut- January 20, 2012 at 4:38 am
how has anyone in any fight ever been lucky?Nonsense...and Brian Stann is not a reference point for any decent fighters sorry to burst the "american hero" bubble for you..who exactly did Stann beat? Stann is a better fighter than Bisbing is he? I guarantee you Sonnen is more worried about bisping than he is Stann..some stupid references on this site sometimes..Sonnen will probably win yeah but him man handling Stann has no relevance on this bout.
Todd M- January 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm
^ Dude DO NOT get involved in a devils foursome with Xeno, life stoo short as it is. Caption was brutally funny, vintage CP. I still have Chael winning but I think it could be a competitive fight, if Bisping can stop the takedown early or at least tie Sonnen up in his gaurd for a standup he could foxy box his way to a decision. @ Redcoat, I'm all for patriotism but Cot Damn son, stop sipping Bispings Carling. He batterd Wandy on his feet? hardly dude, as in he hardly stroked Wandy, little know hit him with a blow that could be considered part of a battering. Bisping was disliked far before the Jorge fight because he is a fucking whining bitch who bullys people but doesn't like it when the same happens to him, see TUF 3 and 9. Your lad is a fucking point fighter who talks like he is a hitman.
Drewimus- January 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm
Xenophon - LOL, I don't even know what just happened there. You went from watching a fight, to getting into a fight, to fucking. Intense. Do you think your girl could swing? I'm pretty sure mine would if we were having a good enough time and we had enough to drink. Not sure if she could ever be drunk enough to watch me fuck another woman though. Email me, this could get interesting.
Wait a second, was any of that even serious?
warchief65- January 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm
Hmm , if you look at the loses that Chael had , he came back in the next fight against those same fighters and beat them , quite handily too ! What I think he is doing is to find out what a way to not find that submit . As for the Limey . Come on . He's on his way out of fighting . He wants to train fighters . I think that Spider should be scared , when he meets Chael the second time . It will be more of the most of ground and pound . But this time , you won't get to put on a choke .
RwilsonR- January 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm
^ Okay, maybe that last part wasn't necessary, Red Coat, but I still don't get the blinders you have on towards Bisping.
RwilsonR- January 19, 2012 at 6:03 pm
@ RED_COAT - I only have one thing to say to you - October 19, 1781... suck it, bitch!
jamiepert- January 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm
as a brit I would love to support Bisping, but I cannot! Here's why:

He fights to not lose, rather than going out there win.

Some of you may say that the above sentence doesn't make sense, but it does. Bisping goes out there and avoids any scenario which he may get beaten at, he would rather to not swing at all then swing and miss.

He is a very safe fighter and has polished a technique which means he can stand in there with the good fighters for a few rounds and not maybe win by decision, but now he is basically saying that he is better at BJJ than Silva. Silva got lucky in the 5th 5 minute round of their contest and caught Sonnen in a triangle armbar, but Bisping claims he can finish Chael with jiu jitsu in 3 rounds - no way unless he gets very, very, very, very lucky.

Bisping will be on his back for 11 minutes of this 15 minute bout not knowing what to do, Sonnen will be calm as you like completely controlling him whilst Bisping will allow him to do that rather than trying to regain position and risking losing his back he will just do nothing.
bitteralex- January 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm
bisping defeats sonnen by heelhook... I'm calling it now
RED_COAT- January 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm
Bisping has 14 wins by KO he has knock out power. He beat Matt Hamil, stopped take downs from Rashad Evans, battered Wanderlei Silva on his feet for the best part of three rounds. He competed as LHW so he is used to dealing with bigger guys, but he is still being counted out, why? Because he spat after winning a fight? Yes as an English man I still think Bisping is an underdog, but its still competative. Why is Bisping even considered a heel? Because he responded to insulted aimed at his family? I would think less of him if he didn't respond to the things Rivera said. Sonnen look good in his return fight now he is be hailed as the second coming. this fight won't be as one sided as most of the ignorant comment above hope. And the picture for this article, come on that was his only knock out loss EVER!

XENOPHON- January 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm
Drewimus - I'll fly out to Palm Beach to party and see if we can land a bar brawl.
Here is another idea, lets see if we can get our chicks into some swinger action first.
If so, I will throw out there that we bypass the bar, get some big whiskey, and cheap hotel room.
We can order pay-per-view if you want.
I've never done the wife swapping thing before, but I saw it done on the internet recently.
Fucking Bang Bros commercial from PALM beach caught my attention. GRIN
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- January 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm
I want that picture blown up and hung on my I can whack off to that weird?....Or just AMERICAN
XENOPHON- January 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm
Are you saying Dr.Doom is from Portland?
Your all fucked up Watty, Charles McCarthy now lives in Florida!
ThePeoplesTroll- January 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm
i like em both, but id like to see bisping win this as he's the underdog. either way good fight!
BryanF- January 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm
HAHAHAHA! Holy caption of the year, right there!
Brunkfunk- January 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm
he is transitioning beautifully to the heelhook there
Sopapo- January 19, 2012 at 11:18 am
Okey but how about Soennen's Submission set? I get it, he isn't Big Bog but he can submit a dude, we all saw what he did to Stann. I think Chael needs to Ground and pound him for a round and then submit him. That would be the best possible way to win for him considering he's already expected to win.
mtnthc- January 19, 2012 at 11:16 am
If Bisping doesn't catch Sonnen with a strike, he is finished. Sonnen is arguably the best mma wrestler there is and Bisping hasn't ever dealt with anyone him. He will take Bisping down and grind him to a bloody pulp. Damn, I am really excited to see this going down!
El Guapo- January 19, 2012 at 11:16 am
"You know. Fish n' chips, cup o' tea. Bad food, worse weather. Mary Fuckin' Poppins? London!"
El Guapo- January 19, 2012 at 11:09 am
40 plus posts on a Bisping thread and nary a "Snatch" quote in sight. (Shaking head)You guys really let me down, you guys.
RwilsonR- January 19, 2012 at 10:24 am
I really hope Chael is working on something special for his victory speech after this one. I just have this vision of him walking over and spitting on Bisping's broken body, then grabbing the mic from Joe and talking about how Anderson Silva's wife doesn't even know what he does for a living, because if he told her, he's knows how wet she'd be if she ever saw tape of a real man like Chael.
RearNakedSpoon- January 19, 2012 at 10:21 am
Laugh Out Loud (really) @ at that caption, excellent :)
RwilsonR- January 19, 2012 at 10:18 am
I don't want to entirely count Bisping out just because I don't like the guy, but unless he catches the heartbreaker from West Linn with a full-force knee to his face while Sonnen shoots for a takedown, I don't see this ending well for the Brit.
The12ozCurls- January 19, 2012 at 10:17 am
Sorry Drew, wrong coast.
Drewimus- January 19, 2012 at 9:57 am
I fuckin love reading all of these comments, and it makes me wish I had some friends nearby that I could actually watch the fights with. I am always watching the fights with my fiance, and though she has turned into an avid fan of the sport, she doesn't follow it like we do. Furthermore, I have never actually met a person at the bar that has any sort of detailed knowledge, they usually just groan and moan at groundwork and cry out for blood to be spilled.

I live in Palm Beach County, you guys. Anyone want a new friend?

Also, there is absolutely no way Bisping will have an answer for Chael's wrestling. He may be able to survive to a decision, but since I saw Stann get put away so quickly, I have newfound faith in Chael's ability to finish, rather than just completely dominate and beat up his opponents.