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Michael Bisping says confidence, style will result in Chael Sonnen beating Anderson Silva

Call it unbiased analysis or the wishes of a man seeking a rematch with an opponent who outpointed him in controversial fashion, but when it comes to the headlining tilt between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen at UFC 148, UFC middleweight Michael Bisping sees the challenger coming out on top. Bisping, who battled Sonnen in January and lost a decision many felt he deserved the nod in, recently weighed in on the title-fight scheduled for Saturday night where he broke down his belief that Sonnen is destined to become divisional champion.

“As well all know, styles make fights, and Chael Sonnen’s style as a fighter is a bad recipe for Anderson Silva,” began Bisping on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight.

“You have to be a madman to bet against Anderson Silva. The guy continues to win fights and every time he does it, it looks like something out of a video game,” he continued. “But if you look at the previous fight, Chael did very, very well for a long time. I believe the fact he did so well for so long is going to give Chael a lot of confidence. He’s gonna come into this fight very confident and that’s a big thing in a fight. Confidence is a huge thing. And I think it’s a bad style match-up and with the confidence I think Chael gets it done.”

Bisping is currently sidelined while recovering from a recent surgery to fix a knee injury but has stated in the past he feels he should get first crack at Sonnen if he comes away with the belt this weekend.

Check out his complete breakdown of the fight, as well as Kenny Florian’s take, below:


  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Been saying it for years. A.Silva struggles to stop good takedowns and also struggles to get back up.
    Response I got was denial and disbelief.

  • adamsfamily says:

    I’m with you, I think despite his excellent reflexes and both varied and efficient striking style he has for years seemed content And not developed his wrestling or takedown defence. Unlike bisbing who looks to have invested the time to do it as seen in his showings against notable wrestlers.

    It might be his undoing – I think chael has his number psychologically and physically on this one. And if Anderson does lose its going to be a big black mark on his legacy.

    Can’t wait to be honest

  • moosebaby02 says:

    man Shitsbing really dosent want to fight the Spider so badly that he is even coaching what everyone already knows in his interviews.

  • Lord Faust says:

    I’m sure Bisping’s statements have nothing to do with his desire to fight for the title and not have to go through Anderson to do so.

    Chael has the chance to do well in this fight. It’s a slim one. Everyone keeps going back to the first fight; the stats from the article a while back were pretty interesting:

    – Chael has exposed himself to more sub attempts than anyone in UFC history
    – Has all of his losses via sub
    – 320 strikes and he couldn’t finish Silva

    It has a chance to be competitive, but IMO Chael’s going to look as bad as Silva made Okami look.


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