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Will Bisping’s Size Play a Part in UFC 120 Fight with Akiyama?

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Besides his proclamation that he’s simply a better fighter than Yoshihiro Akiyama, Michael Bisping has been asserting for weeks that the biggest factor in him beating the Japanese-born Korean fighter will be the size advantage he will hold over Sexyama when they square off Saturday night in London at UFC 120.

The question is, will Bisping’s purported size advantage actually give him a leg up on Akiyama or will it hinder his performance?

Historically, when fighters add size, they subtract at least some speed from their arsenal as well as an exponential amount of cardiovascular endurance as a result of needing to accommodate the oxygen requirements of keeping their larger muscles stocked with ATP.

Now, Bisping isn’t much more muscular than he usually is, so I can’t see this making a huge difference, but considering that he is over his ideal weight limit this far along in the cutting process, he will likely have to put his body through a more rigorous weight cut, including extra cardio, to shed the few extra pounds, which could detrimentally affect his strength and conditioning Saturday night.

Most fighters like to be between 10 to 12 pounds out from their goal weight between five days to a week out from weigh-ins so they can cut the majority of the excess mass through diet, sodium restriction and by tricking the body into flushing out its water stores by consuming mass quantities of H2O for the week before abruptly stopping fluid intake 24 hours out from the weigh-ins.

Bisping is 13 pounds heavy with just two and a half days until he steps on the scale. I don’t think for a moment that he isn’t going to make weight, but considering that he will only likely drop six or so pounds by the morning of the weigh-ins, he will have to spend the better part of Friday morning in a sauna suit running on a treadmill, which isn’t the ideal situation for a guy who will be fighting less than 36 hours later.

We’ll have to wait until the fight to see if Bisping suffers any “mass effect” from his weighty issue, but somehow I don’t see him being bigger than Akiyama as much of an advantage.

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fatbellyfrank- October 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm
I dont know, Bisping always looks busy in fights, but he just doesnt seem to have the power to finish people, I think Sexyama may just have this one, not that I give a fuck either way, but I'll still be watching
Sudos KFC- October 13, 2010 at 4:44 pm
7-8 lbs the morning of is no big deal, not IDEAL but I don't think he's going to gas worse that akyama. Who cost me a $1000 winniner on a parlay when he tapped to a "airy" triangle by Leben. Now I'm somehow a Bisping fan for this bout.
King Kong Kim- October 13, 2010 at 4:14 pm
Three words: Wand Beat You!
Ballkick- October 13, 2010 at 3:25 pm
Would it be too insensitive to wish for a sauna death befalling Bisping leading up to weigh-in's?
mynameisalsoben- October 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm
He actually is 10 to 12 pounds over right now (he only needs to make 186).
Hope Sexyama takes this one, but Bisping will probably be able to outpoint him.
Red Baron- October 13, 2010 at 1:17 pm
I give Fitch a pass because he is not a dick, in addition to being boring. I used the Cecil Peoples' method of scoring them.
ccman- October 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm
@ baron.

When sheilds comes out of his coma from watching his fight tapes he has a bone to pick with you.
ccman- October 13, 2010 at 12:59 pm
Bisping was refering to his man pleaser when referencing his size advantage.for those wondering thats his mouth...
brewski5150- October 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm
"Bisping is the dullest fighter in the UFC, if not all of MMA. I'd rather watch a bad commercial than to watch Bisping."

Clearly you have never watched Jon Fitch.
TheHulkSmash- October 13, 2010 at 10:46 am
If Sexiyama lands 50% of the punches on Bisping that he did on Leben, Bisping will literally die from it.

War Sexiyama!
DazedNConfused- October 13, 2010 at 10:33 am
It is true that when fighters get larger they have less gass. No shit sherlock, 155 pounders can go 5 rounds all the time. Heavyweights won't be doing the same thing. Both Carwin and Lesner were tired going into round 2. Sure there's specific cases (Velasquez) where fighters just have great cardio, but it usually doesn't go that way. Your muscles need more oxygen when they're bigger to exert the energy they use. You do hit harder though.

I can see bisbing going the distance and winning this one with effective reach and striking (even though he has pillow hands), but Akiyama is lower to the ground and can judo toss the shit out of people. I'll bet on Sexyama just because I hate Bisbing and it's basically a tossup.
Smitty- October 13, 2010 at 10:14 am
Either they changed the article or Mr. Meleedy failed miserably.
budsellers- October 13, 2010 at 10:13 am
i expect akiyama to win this fight...
Mike Russell- October 13, 2010 at 9:57 am
 Pudz, Alves, Mir, Carwin, Coleman....Fighters don't normally get better endurance-wise when they get bigger.
Red Baron- October 13, 2010 at 9:41 am
Red Baron- October 13, 2010 at 9:40 am
Bisping is the dullest fighter in the UFC, if not all of MMA. I'd rather watch a bad commercial than to watch Bisping.
Art Gibs- October 13, 2010 at 9:35 am
Really? Fighter lose "an exponential amount of cardiovascular endurance" when they add size? This seems like a ridiculous overstatement. So that means a guy like Overeem, who's added lots of weight, should only be able to go five seconds before gassing? Come on, dude.
cecils_pupils- October 13, 2010 at 9:35 am
Bisping won't make weight unless he takes that 2x4 out of his ass... that things gotta weigh in at at least 4lbs.
Ryan Meleedy- October 13, 2010 at 9:34 am
he is only 12 pounds away from 186lbs. not 18 as it says in the article.
BONGTAR- October 13, 2010 at 9:34 am
Akiyama's low center of gravity and Bisping's piss poor wrestling will land him on his back plenty, where size is a little less relevant to technique and power.
DaltonSwayze- October 13, 2010 at 9:33 am
I don't know if beating Akiyama is going to be anything to brag about in the future, either.

He basically drew with Belcher, got submitted by Leben, and is about to lose to Bisping. I wonder if he'll be bounced from the UFC afterwards, or if they'll give him another shot at someone he can beat.
Smitty- October 13, 2010 at 9:29 am
I got 2 words...........Dan Henderson.
RwilsonR- October 13, 2010 at 9:16 am
Shiho Yano might have something to say about this...

But I didn't think being 'bigger' than an Asian man was anything to brag about.