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Always contender but never a champion, Michael Bisping. He is probably one of the most overlooked and underrated fighters in the UFC. The betting lines are always close as if Bisping was a gatekeeper to the lower level of the division yet has a record of 23-4. Michael Bisping has only lost to Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen with Henderson being the only one able to finish him. The Rashad Evans loss was a split decision that had Bisping moving to Middleweight and the Sonnen fight was razor thin and could’ve gone either way. The Count has 18 finishes out of his 23 career wins yet is still considered a point fighter by many. Deemed to have no punching power yet knocking people out.

The one thing Michael Bisping doesn’t have is “One Punch Power”. He has never landed that one punch that puts his opponent out cold and its probably one of the reasons he is always overlooked in the title picture. Lyoto Machida was criticized for the same thing and began focusing on punching power. The Dragon soon knocked out Thiago Silva and Rashad Evans in back to back KO wins. Maybe Bisping could learn from Lyoto.

Michael Bisping faces Brazilian Superstar and fan favourite,Vitor Belfort, at UFC ON FX 7. Let’s hope he can outlast The Phenom and get his well deserved title shot. After all, Sonnen got a title shot VS Jon Jones on pure trash talk. Next stop, Anderson Silva.

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A Superfight consists of 2 champions that are seemingly unbeatable to pick a weight and fight each other. Two of them are Silva VS Jones and GSP VS Silva. The two fights the fans want to see. Sadly, I don’t think any will ever happen. Superfights are constantly brought up and nothing comes of it. I personally don’t think we should have any UFC Superfights and I doubt the UFC wants them either. When you have a Superfight, both fighters will enter the octagon with their ticket selling”mystique” and one will leave without it. Everytime the losing fighter has a match afterward, fans will ALWAYS say “Remember when Fighter A got KOed by Fighter B with ‘Insert Technique'”. Regardless of the above, here are my  two Superfight Breakdowns!

GSP VS Silva

Pierre’s takedowns would not be nearly as effective because Silva has a large reach,height and weight advantage here. Stuffing the takedown would be much easier for Silva then Georges’ previous opponents, though I’d think some would get through. I would really like to see how the striking match goes with these two technical strikers.

The Middleweight Division has very weak striking in comparison to the other divisions. Just looking at striking alone, lets review their respective opponents since 2006.

Anderson Silva – Leben,Franklin,Marquardt,Henderson,Irvin,Cote,Leites,Griffin,Maia,Sonnen,Belfort,Okami,Bonnar

All either have a ground base with limited striking or are brawlers.

Georges St. Pierre – Penn,Hughes,Serra,Koscheck,Fitch,Alves,Hardy,Shields,Condit

Penn,Alves and Condit are decorated strikers and everyone else is mainly ground based. Koscheck is in the middle and Hardy never belonged in the title picture.

Anderson Silva fights mostly Brawlers who try to stand with him or wrestlers who cant capitalize on the takedown.  GSP fights some pretty good strikers and outwrestles everyone with what seems like ease.

I’d say that Anderson Silva probably takes this in the end, but I have no idea how he’d handle a very technical and well rounded martial artist in GSP. That right there sells the tickets for this Superfight.

Jones VS Silva

This is the fight that everyone wants to see. Would Jones dominate Silva to a (T)KO victory or will the precision of Anderson catch Jon off guard?

Jon Jones has faced MUCH better competition than Anderson. Lets overview all his UFC fights before he became champion.

Gusmao,Bonnar,O’Brien,Hamill,Vera,Matyushenko,Bader,Shogun

He beat the above with little to no trouble from anyone but Bonnar using his striking and wrestling. Bonnar is the only one on the list that was not finished. Jones beat Shogun for the title and became both the first one to finish Mauricio via strikes and the youngest UFC Champion.

Now, Let’s look at the Jon Jones, The UFC Champion.

Jackson,Machida,Evans,Belfort

3 were top contenders, 3 were finished. Jackson was tapped,Machida was choked out, Evans turtled for the last 3 rounds and Belfort was submitted.

Though he finished Machida and Belfort, It showed holes in both his striking and top game which he has probably sealed by now. He fights Chael Sonnen for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title next. I don’t see Sonnen giving him any trouble because he is better in all areas. Sonnen can definitely talk the talk but doesnt seem to walk the walk when the time comes.

In the end, I’d give a small edge to  Jones. Anderson has a problem with strong wrestling bases. He always overcomes it and finishes the fight but  nobody in MMA has a more vicious top game than Jon “Bones” Jones.

There’s my UFC Superfight Breakdown!

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BISPING BELFORT STAREDOWN

UFC ON FX 7 Betting Odds

Vitor Belfort -125 VS Michael Bisping -105

The odds might as well be even in this fight. Its Belfort’s 1 punch KO power VS Bisping’s gas tank for this 5 Round War!

Vitor Belfort goes into every fight with the same plan, Land early. Unfortunately, if this doesn’t prevail, he seems to fade. In Belfort’s last 6 fights, he has had 3 stoppages by quick KO, a submission victory over Anthony Johnson and 2 losses to champions Silva and Jones.

Bisping has outworked 7 of his last 10 opponents. Only ever being finished once in his career by Dan Henderson. Every time “The Count” seems deserving of the title picture, He gets dropped down the ladder. Dan Henderson’s right hand, Wanderlei Silva’s relentless attack and the wrestling of Chael Sonnen are responsible. Nevertheless, Michael Bisping is still very much a top contender in the Middleweight division.

I cant make a for sure pick for this fight because it comes down to few things. Either “The Phenom” lands early, capitalizing on  Bisping’s horrible first round head movement. “The Count” survives the early onslaught and has his cardio be the deciding factor in the later rounds.

The possible improvement of Bisping’s jab is a major factor here. Michael Bisping is praised for his jab by the UFC commentators. Unfortunately, it’s not that great. It’s his frequency and accuracy of the jab that wins him fights. A proper jab setup keeps your shoulder and hand high. Michael keeps his hand at mid height and doesn’t tuck his shoulder to block any counter strikes. This is why you will see him get knocked down in the first round by many fighters not touted for their striking game. He also circles to his left during the jab, making the impact of the jab weaker by not planting his feet.  This was blatantly obvious during the Henderson fight. This served as Santos’ demise against Velasquez in their rematch.

Michael Bisping always seems to fail his “step up” to prove himself. If any of the above hasn’t improved, Vitor takes this in the first and Michael “Always Contender never Champ” Bisping drops down the Middleweight ladder once again.

Bisping VS Vitor trailer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMUvGEoJbbw

RESULTS: Bisping lost in the 2nd round via headkick after barely surviving the first.

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