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Michael Bisping interview on CBSSports.com

My interview with Michael Bisping is now available at CBSSports.com. Bisping was a great interview and was cracking me up during the conversation. He was real candid about a lot of issues, including a rumored move to middleweight:

Q: There were some Internet rumors that you were considering a move to middleweight. Was there any truth to that?

MB: Yeah, it’s a possibility. I’m not confirming or denying that I’m going to drop down to middleweight, but it’s a possibility. I am a small 205er and I have breakfast the day of the weigh-in. We’ll see what happens. I’m undefeated at light heavyweight at the moment so if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Maybe if I get my head smashed in (laughs) I might change my tune and move down to middleweight — no, I’m only joking. We’ll see. Anything is possible in the future. I’ve got to sit down with my team and decide what’s best for me but it’s a possibility.

Bisping also believes he could do fairly well against Anderson Silva:

Q: Is a move to middleweight something you’ve considered on your own or is it a potential move the UFC has presented to you?

MB: Oh no, the UFC wants me to be happy wherever I am. It’s not like there’s been some big discussion of it or anything. I’ve just got to look at my options. I like the challenge though and I’d probably like to stay at light heavyweight. I feel like I can go to middleweight and I feel like I can take on the champion tomorrow. But I like the challenge of fighting the bigger guys so we’ll see.

You can read the interview by clicking here. Also be sure to check out my editor, Denny Burkholder’s preview of UFC 74 by clicking here.

I know a lot of people want to see Bisping face top-shelf competition but I don’t think he’s ready for it just yet and by going against guys like Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell, or Shogun that it would be counterproductive to his development. He’ll get to that point soon, but he just needs some time.

I wanted to thank everyone who submitted question ideas. I tried to work in every question in one form or another.

2 COMMENTS
  • pr0cs says:

    Great interview Sam.. I’ve always liked Bisping, for whatever reason to me he comes off as a likable fellow (though you wouldn’t know it considering all the hate you read about him at the usual places).
    I think his “working class man” attitude rings well with a lot of fans. He doesn’t put himself above the fans he just seems to like what he does and seems to remain pretty humble which is sort of surprising considering the weight the UFC puts on him.
    Thanks for asking some of the questions posed on your blog.

    One more thing, the link to Denny’s preview is b0rked. It looks like perhaps you copy/pasted the link to your article 1 too many times.. (good way to ENSURE people read your article I guess… LOL)

  • Rory says:

    “I know a lot of people want to see Bisping face top-shelf competition but I don’t think he’s ready for it just yet and by going against guys like Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell, or Shogun that it would be counterproductive to his development. He’ll get to that point soon, but he just needs some time.”

    I think what those people want to see is Bisping facing competition that reflects the huge amount of hype surrounding him. Obviously he isn’t ready for those top shelf guys you mention, but the reality is, Bisping is being developed in a vacuum in the LHW division. They tout Mike as a potential world-beater while he is taking out fighters who are going absolutely nowhere. Its especially frustrating to people like me who are fans of fighters like Ryoto Machida, who represent a more legitimate threat in the division, yet are on the backburner while precocious talent like Bisping gets fast-tracked past the real competition. Nobody would dispute that Machida is regarded as more dangerous than Bisping. Yet, at the same time, nobody would argue that Bisping hasn’t recieved way, way more heat than Machida has in the UFC. That is a problem.

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