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Michael Bisping Talks Tough About Demian Maia

Unfortunately what you are about to read is not an April Fool’s joke.

Michael Bisping, who can be seen on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter as coach of Team U.K., had some choice words when it came to middleweight standout Damian Maia. Bisping was quoted by Setanta Sports recently saying the outcome of a fight between he and Maia would end up with Maia being knocked out.

Bisping will face Team USA coach Dan Henderson at UFC 100 in July and the winner will likely get a shot at whomever is middleweight champion at the time. Maia who is 10-0 with five of those wins coming in the octagon all by submission. After defeating Nate Quarry at UFC 91 in November Maia made a brief statement about Bisping and a desire to fight him so he could get a spot opposite him on The Ultimate Fighter.

Maia recently defeated WEC veteran Chael Sonnen at UFC 93 via first round submission and there are rumors that he will face the winner of this month’s middleweight title fight between champion Anderson Silva and Thales Leites. Maia has made good fighters look ordinary and would offer a stiff challenge to either Silva or Leites.

Bisping was also quoted as saying he doesn’t believe Maia could get the fight to the ground. To his credit Bisping also had high praise for the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt as he said Maia would be a huge test and that he holds him in the highest regard. He then went on to call Maia a “one trick pony.”

  • Angry Mike says:

    Perhaps Maia is a “one trick pony”, but it’s a damn good trick. And there’s no way Bisping could keep the fight standing for three rounds. The question will be whether Bisping can stop Maia with strikes before Maia gets the take down. It will be a big test for Bisping, whose ground game is suspect imo. Personally I’d lean towards Maia on this one.

  • PlagueAngel says:

    Although I like Angry Mike, I would bet on Bisping. In fact, I have several times and he has lined my pockets well! I honestly think Bisping will take out everyone in his path including Anderson Silva. Everyone says I’m crazy for saying that, but Bisping’s style throws fighters off of their game. We will see some good fights in 09.

  • 813278 says:

    Bisping will beat Maia. I think he’ll lose to Henderson, but he’d beat Maia. His jits is good, but more importantly he can keep it standing and circle with Jabs. Henderson on th other hand, is like a tougher Rashad, and Bisping will most likely get sat on top of for 3 rounds, as Henderson did.

  • Grappo says:

    “Bisping will take out everyone in his path including Anderson Silva.”


  • matt says:

    Maia beat Sonnen at ufc 95 not ufc 93….anyway i think maia would beat bisbing as maia has been able to take down all of his oppenents even the ones who come from a wrestling background, and he has also submitted all of his oppenents even one who are considered ju jitsu fighters such as jason macdonald. maia is the real deal and i think there only two people in the middleweight division who can beat him and they are anderson silva and nate marquardt.

  • JJ Docker says:

    Of course he is going to say he would beat Maia, he’s hardly going to say “oh I think he’d submit me”. I do think Bisping is slightly overrated but probably not to the extent that most internet fans seem to think. Now he’s dropped to MW he will be a test for anyone, including Maia and Henderson. I think I’d pick him against Maia, just, but not against Henderson. Decision Dan will do it again.

  • Austin says:

    Two words: “LOL OK”

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    I think Maia is fantastic but I have no problem with anything Bisping said. He is confident he can keep it standing, where he has the advantage and could knock Maia out. After training to fight Hamill and Rashad Bispings TD defence is sound. Maia has shown little wrestling or convincing stand up and relies heavily on his submissions and so the “one trick pony” thing is not completely out of order either. This is not as outrageous as you make it sound…you almost make it sound as if your gob smacked. Maia called out Bisping and Bisping responded by saying that he would beat Maia, so what, that’s a surprise? If so you get surprised a lot.

  • KTru says:

    Yeah so Bisping says what you expect him to say………
    yeah he responded against the remarks of Maia…….
    Maia is a “one-trick pony”………..

    Way to reiterate everything people,………….yes I am speaking to everyone that has responded so far.

    Maia’s one trick is pretty effective, regardless of who he has fought. Nor he or Bisping has proved much up to this point, but they eventually will or prove to be frauds.

    What is wrong with being unstoppable in one area and controlling the outcome?

    Plague Angel….Bisping has lined your pockets because he has fought the likes of Jason Day, Charles McCarthy, and Elvis Sinonsic. We all made easy money with those fights. Place your hard earned cash on Henderson in his next fight.

  • mu_shin says:

    Strongly agree with KTru: if you have overwhelming strength in one aspect of the game and have dominated opponents with that aspect, a win’s a win. Maia is 10-0 with 8 submissions, and 4 awards for sub of the night in UFC competition. I know someone out there will say “he hasn’t fought anyone yet” but that’s spurious logic. He’s gone into the ring ten times against professional fighters and won every contest. I was surprised he didn’t get more ink for one of the slickest subs I’ve seen in a long time in his convincing win over Chael Sonnen.

    Bisping is a strong, well rounded fighter, no doubt. Dan Henderson will absolutely be the toughest challenge Bisping has faced, and should be a good indicator of how Bisping will progress in the middleweight division, win or lose. A win places Bisping in title contention, and a loss, at least if it’s in the strong style that Fitch lost to GSP, still establishes Bisping as an elite middleweight. Demian Maia will be a great challenge to whoever emerges from this fight, or for an eventual match with Anderson Silva for the title.

  • RU486 says:

    mu_shin – agreed, that head mount to triangle transition was pretty damn smooth.

    And I agree about the one-trick pony. His one trick is that good, so it doesn’t matter. Eventually the fight will end up on the ground. It’s like everyone’s bashing of Shane Carwin, saying he’s one dimensional. Who cares if he is? If he can finish fights decisively within that dimension.

    Why is it that strikers are never accused of being one dimensional. Mirko Cro-Cop is one dimensional, Quinton Jackson is one-dimensional, Chuck Liddell is one dimensional, but no one cared as long as they were taking people’s heads off.

    Maia has finished 9 of 10 fights decisively with 8 of them by submission. It stands that his one trick is good enough. And no one in MMA has jitz on his level.

  • TerribleT says:

    Making KO predictions against a top notch MMA fighter is ridiculous and if it doesn’t come then who ever made the prediction looks pretty stupid for opening their mouth.It’s hard enough just to predict a win much less a KO.Let your hands and feet do the talking during the fight not your alligator mouth B4 the fight.


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