Chat with Michael Bisping
Bisping is 21-3 as a UFC fighter.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, UFC middleweight Michael Bisping stops by to chat about UFC 134 and The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale.
Bisping, the Manchester, England product moved down to the middleweight class following a loss to Rashad Evans in 2007. His next fight will be December 3 against Jason Miller in Las Vegas.
Anderson Silva (30-4) faces Yushin Okami (26-5) for the second time Saturday at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Pay-Per-View. In their first fight, Okami defeated Silva via disqualification. It was the last time Silva lost an MMA fight.
Send your questions now and join Bisping Friday at 2 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:01 PM)
Mike is here!
With Dan Henderson possibly coming back to the UFC, would you like to avenge that loss?
Michael Bisping (2:01 PM)
Michael Bisping (2:01 PM)
I want to fight all of the guys who have a win over me.
Michael Bisping (2:02 PM)
But I think he's looking for a title shot and not a rematch with me right now. But obviously, I'd love to.
What is your prediction for Ross Pearson's fight tomorrow and how do you think he will stack up in the next few years within the very busy Lightweight division?
Michael Bisping (2:03 PM)
It's a tough fight for Ross, but they're all tough in the UFC. But if Ross can keep extending, he'll have a good choice of winning. He's done the right thing in going to train in the U.S. for this fight with Brandon and Cruz.
Brian Hemminger (Toledo, OH)
What do you think about UK fighters like Ross Pearson and Dan Hardy coming to America to train? Would you ever consider switching things up and going to a US gym for a few weeks?
Michael Bisping (2:05 PM)
For my next fight, my camp is probably going to be in L.A. I'm also going to Denver to help Rampage and Rob with their camps. The first time I came to train in the U.S. was 2007. You have to do that.
Harry Poppins (Scarbrough)
You've fought a UFC card in your hometown. How much pressure is on Anderson Silva to perform will and win in convincing fashion?
Michael Bisping (2:07 PM)
The pressure is enormous. Basically because you don't want to get beat up in front of your own family and friends. Fighting in UFC 70 in Manchester was a highlight of my life other than my kids being born. It's a double edged sword. It does fire you up for the fight, but at the same time, there is extra pressure.
Michael Bisping (2:08 PM)
When I fought Dennis in UFC 105 in Manchester, I got knocked down in the first round. And, yeah, I absolutely apologized to the fans after the first round. They hadn't paid good money to see me get my butt kicked. So, you do feel extra pressure, but it did inspire me to go out the next round and finish him off.
Have you been working on your power?
Michael Bisping (2:09 PM)
Definitely. I always want to improve in every area.
Michael Bisping (2:10 PM)
Listen, I've scored more stoppages than points in the UFC and I've scored three fights of the night. I'm not a one punch KO guy like Rampage, unfortunately, but I hit plenty hard, believe me.
Michael Bisping (2:10 PM)
What a lot of people don't know about me is I'm a converted south paw, which means my jabbing hand is my power hand.
Michael Bisping (2:11 PM)
That's why I've caught so many people with jabs and maybe don't have one punch KO power like someone like Rampage.
Adam (Nacogdoches, TX)
Which one of these ways of winning would shock you more in the Silva vs Okami fight? Okami by 1st round KO or Silva by 5th round submission again.
Michael Bisping (2:12 PM)
Okami is a big strong middleweight. I've stood next to him and he's freaking massive. But I'd be shocked to see him knock Anderson out in one round.
Scott (Salt Lake City)
After this season of TUF airs do you think you be more liked by US fans or even more hated?
Michael Bisping (2:14 PM)
I couldn't really care less to be honest. It used to bother me, but when you coach a team of English against American fighters, you've sort of settled to be the villain. I'm glad it's not UK v. USA this team. I think Miller will come across as an absolute jerk.
Bisping Fan (Utah)
Michael, I know earlier in your career you didn't shave your chest but now its clean shaven. Is there a reason or competitive edge for the change?
Michael Bisping (2:15 PM)
I have a hard enough time with American fans without being a typical Brit abroad with hair everywhere. That's why it had to go.
Michael Bisping (2:15 PM)
What's the point in all of those sit ups if you can't show your six pack off?
You vs. "Mayhem" is a fight I've wanted to see for the last 3 years, now its going to happen. Do you expect a finish, or since you both are average or above in all facets of MMA, are you preparing for a 3 round war??
Michael Bisping (2:17 PM)
One of the things that I can't understand about some fighters is they don't prepare for three round wars. You have to come expecting that and prepare accordingly. That said, this is going to be a brutal, one sided, one round beat down.
Are young English kids training in wrestling now? Are any free wrestling programs available in English schools?
Michael Bisping (2:19 PM)
Definitely. MMA is getting bigger in the UK all of the time. I think you're always going to see we're a little weaker in the wrestling front, because our kids play cricket and soccer at school and there are no facilities for them to wrestle at school. But there are some great kids at the Wolf's Lair gym right now.
How was this stint as a TUF coach different from the last time?? How was it working with the lighter fighters ??
Michael Bisping (2:22 PM)
Obviously it's different because I'm training predominatly Americans this time, which I actually prefer. I've always wanted to train top fighters rather than fighters just because they were from the UK. It's not to say there weren't great fighters on my UK team, but I think that whole rivalry thing came with the U.S. when I was up against the U.S. and they're obviously going to cheer for their main guys. The main difference for this series is that other than the 1-2 occasions when Dan and I didn't see eye to eye, we got along fine. Whereas Mayhem Miller is a person where if he moved into your neighborhood, the value of your house would go down.
Do you see Rampage beating Jon Jones for the title?
Michael Bisping (2:23 PM)
I think he will. I'm going to go there and help him train to make sure he does.
Brian Hemminger (Toledo)
Speaking of Rampage, he said that he wants to stay in shape year-round instead of having to spend half of his training camp losing weight. Did he keep his promise going into this camp in Denver for Jon Jones?
Michael Bisping (2:25 PM)
Rampage is never going to be somebody who goes for a run on his day off. But he's taking it very seriously. He wants his title back. He's been in shape all summer. He's been in Denver for over a month already and training in altitude.
Brett (Markham, Canada)
You've often been criticized for a lack of finish in fights that you're clearly the superior fighter in. How do you answer these critics, excluding the generic they're all tough fighters in the UFC. Have you been working on capitalizing on fighters when showing weakness or increasing punching power?
Michael Bisping (2:29 PM)
I've stopped 7 of 11 opponents which isn't bad for a guy who isn't able to punch. The guys who have gone the distance with me hardly ever get finished: Matt Hammill, Chris Leben, Akiyama, who have only been stopped once or twice between them in their careers. But I always try to finish the fight.
Michael Bisping (2:30 PM)
Thanks very much for all of your questions. Enjoy UFC 134 and the new series of TUF. Follow me on Twitter: @bisping.