Michael Bisping’s Time Is Now!!

Six years and seventeen fights ago seems like a long time. Especially when you’ve gone through the bumps in the road that Michael Bisping has.  Bisping, unlike many others, come rain or shine still kept plugging away.

Last Saturday, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto Canada, in his unanimous decision victory over Brian Stann at UFC 152, Bisping showed a vast improvement in his skills that could potentially put him in a long awaited title fight with UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva.  His wrestling, take downs, and ability showed a much needed preferment to place himself not only in title contention, but to place himself on a bar to be called “title shot worthy.”

Stann was pressing the action early and seemed to have been looking for a couple of big right hands.  When I say early, I mean he threw them within 30 seconds of the beginning of the bout.   Bisping’s head movement and circling to Stann’s left (away from Stann’s power hand) was definitely the key to avoid a first round knockout.  Clinching was favorable to Bisping as he was able to land knees to the legs and body of Stann.

After surviving the former Marine Silver Star recipient’s first round onslaught, Bisping found his rhythm in Round 2 and 3.  Bisping scored in the clinch, take downs, and nice clean jabs with straight left and right combo’s that had Stann’s head snapping backwards leaving gashes under both eyes.  Bisping took the unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the bout 29-28 in his favor.

Me and Joe Silva were talking earlier tonight and I said ‘A fight with Bisping and Anderson is an interesting fight.” said UFC President Dana White at the UFC 152 Post Fight Press Conference.  Dana went onto say, “Bisping doesn’t get enough credit that he deserves because people like to ‘boo’ him and everything else, but you saw him tonight, when that guy walked into the arena here in Canada, he got a good round of applause.”

It doesn’t matter what “The Count” has done in his fights, the truth of it is this…..when he’s in the octagon, three Fight of the Night performances tells you he’s always in a fight!!  “Bisping always brings it, always fights hard, well rounded, talented…” the UFC President continued with his flury of compliments aroused by Bisping’s UFC 152 performance.  The compliments were well warranted.  Improved take downs (slams more like), great top side control, excellent head movement, and utilization of something such, uh, well, you know…a simple 2, 1 jab combination all were tools that were brilliantly on hand for the TUF 3 winner.

I implemented my game plan well.  A part from the fight, I didn’t stop him.  I was faster to the punch.  I was the better striker, the better wrestler.  I felt stronger.  It was a good victory.” Bisping said in a post fight interview with MMAFighting.com reporter, Ariel Helwani.

Bisping was on a 4 fight win streak before losing to Chael Sonnen at the UFC on Fox card, January earlier this year.  A fight that many, including Chael Sonnen himself, felt that Bisping won.  It was even then, on lookers noticed the improvement in Bisping’s game.

No one walking this planet may really be ready for the long time reigning Champ, Anderson Silva.  Seriously, who is?  Who has been?  No one.  They’ve only been as ready as they can be….or could be.  However, if there ever was a time to say that Michael Bisping is as ready as he could be for the 10 time defending UFC Middleweight champ…..the time is now.

 

UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort; Live Results

UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort

When: September 22, 2012
Where: Air Canada Certre; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Broadcast: PPV, FX, Facebook

MAIN CARD (PPV – 10/7pmPST)

-Main Event-
Champion Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort (Light Heavyweight Title)
Dizz Picks:  Jones via submission

Results: Jon Jones def. Vitor Belfort via submission (americana) 4th Round; 0:54

Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson (UFC Inaugural FW Title)
Dizz Picks: Benavidez via decision

Results: Demetrious Johnson def. Joseph Benavidez via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)

Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann
Dizz Picks: Bisping via TKO

Results: Michael Bisping def. Brian Stann via unanimous decision (29-28 x’s 3)

Matt Hamill vs. Roger Hollett
Dizz Picks: Hamill via decision

Results: Matt Hamill def. Roger Hollett via unanimous decision (30-27x’s 2, 29-28)

Charles Oliveira vs. Cub Swanson
Dizz Picks: Oliveira via submission

Results: Cub Swanson def. Charles Oliveira via knockout (punch) 1st Round; 2:40

Preliminary Card (FX – 8/5pmPST)

Vinny Magalhaes vs. Igor Pokrajac
Dizz Picks: Pokrajac via TKO

Results: Vinny Magalhaes def. Igor Pokrajac via submission (armbar) 2nd Round; 1:14

Evan Dunham vs. TJ Grant
Dizz Picks: Dunham via decision

Results:  TJ Grant def. Evan Dunham via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x’s 2)

Lance Benoist vs. Sean Pierson
Dizz Picks: Pierson via decision

Results: Sean Pierson def. Lance Benoist via unanimous decision (29-28 x’s 3)

Marcus Brimage vs. Jim Hettes
Dizz Picks: Hettes via submission

Results: Marcus Brimage def. Jim Hettes via unanimous decision (29-28 x’s 3)

Preliminary Card (Facebook – 6:30/3:30pmPST)

Seth Baczynski vs. Simeon Thoresen
Dizz Picks: Baczynski via submission

Results: Seth Baczynski def. Simeon Thoresen via KO (punch) 1st Round; 4:10

Mitch Gagnon vs. Walel Watson
Dizz Picks: Gagnon via submission

Results: Mitch Gagnon def. Walel Watson via submission (RNC) 1st Round; 1:09

Charlie Brenneman vs. Kyle Noke
Dizz Picks: Brenneman via decision

Results: Kyle Noke def. Charlie Brenneman via TKO (strikes) 1st Round; 0:45

*Picks made by Dizz are meant to be for viewing entertainment ONLY.  Dizz assumes no responsibility for lost wages from gambling or bets made based on the aforementioned picks.*

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Dizz Picks: UFC 152 Jones vs. Belfort; UFC Inaugural Flyweight Championship

UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort

When: September 22, 2012
Where: Air Canada Certre; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Broadcast: PPV, FX, Facebook

MAIN CARD (PPV – 10/7pmPST)

-Main Event-
Champion Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort (Light Heavyweight Title)
Dizz Picks:  Jones via submission

Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson (UFC Inaugural FW Title)
Dizz Picks: Benavidez via decision

Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann
Dizz Picks: Bisping via TKO

Matt Hamill vs. Roger Hollett
Dizz Picks: Hamill via decision

Charles Oliveira vs. Cub Swanson
Dizz Picks: Oliveira via submission

Preliminary Card (FX – 8/5pmPST)

Vinny Magalhaes vs. Igor Pokrajac
Dizz Picks: Pokrajac via TKO

Evan Dunham vs. TJ Grant
Dizz Picks: Dunham via decision

Lance Benoist vs. Sean Pierson
Dizz Picks: Pierson via decision

Marcus Brimage vs. Jim Hettes
Dizz Picks: Hettes via submission

Preliminary Card (Facebook – 6:30/3:30pmPST)

Seth Baczynski vs. Simeon Thoresen
Dizz Picks: Baczynski via submission

Mitch Gagnon vs. Walel Watson
Dizz Picks: Gagnon via submission

Charlie Brenneman vs. Kyle Noke
Dizz Picks: Brenneman via decision

*Picks made by Dizz are meant to be for viewing entertainment ONLY.  Dizz assumes no responsibility for lost wages from gambling or bets made based on the aforementioned picks.*

** Follow Dizz on Twitter at http://twitter.com/talkmma @TalkMMA ; Also follow Talk MMA Radio co-hosts on Twitter @SnapNeckz and @MMAFANHQ**

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“Dizz? Who is this Dizz character?”

Psht…if I had a dime for every time I heard that. I’ll try to make this less painful than a B-Level Promotion sending their champion off to a C-Level show to get knocked out in what was supposed to be an easy win.

I………am Dizz (@TalkMMA on Twitter). I’m the Host and Lead Analyst to Talk MMA Radio. An intellectually, informational panache of MMA analysis and authentic opinion. Talk MMA Radio can be viewed 2 or 3 times a week along with my co-Hosts Jesse Helton (@SnapNeckz) and Paulino Arias (@MMAFANHQ). My panel of co-Hosts are hands down the best two I could ask for and what we all bring to the table, compliments that style that we all display. We bring the best out of each other. Talk MMA Radio can be listened to at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/talkmmaradio

October 29, 2011, I was in Las Vegas to show my support for a dear friend of mine, Cheick Kongo. I was sitting in the 2nd row from the octagon, chatting with a guy who said he was on the “World Poker Tour”, looking over some of his parlays he had bet on the fights.

As I was helping understand why I would’ve picked fights a little differently, I noticed this gentlemen, discreetly leaning in as if he was listening to us chat. He asked me about my thoughts on Roy Nelson. I mentioned Nelson’s positives such as his ability to take a punch, HUGE right hand, top side ground game, and HUGE fan following. That man was MMA Elite CEO, Alden Halpern. We introduced ourselves with the appropriate pleasantries and continued to get to know each other a little bit. Next he asked me to breakdown Cheick Kongo vs. Matt Mitrione. Even mentioned that Kongo was his sponsored fighter. I put knockouts aside, because anyone can say someone’s going to knock someone out. I decided to breakdown the fight in the event of a decision. I told him that Kongo would more than likely take the fight 29-28. I went into a lot of detail of why I felt that it would go the way it did, but after it was all said and done, Kongo ended up taking the fight 29-28. After that Mr. Halpern and I exchanged information and we’ve been in contact ever since. We have a great friendship and we treat each other and our MMA Elite crew like family…..because that’s what we are.

There are multiple diversities to my persona. I “treat people as they should be treated.” (R definition of the Army Values) I can encourage and praise. I can criticize with scrutiny, however, make no mistake about it. I will bring it with calculation and objectivity. I don’t mind debates as long as they’re respectful. Fans are the greatest. They keep it interesting. With out them, I’d be an ordinary single parent raising my pride and joys!!

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