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.”