The war of words between Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping commenced soon after the latter replaced Mark Munoz in the co-main event at UFC on FOX 2. At present, the trash-talking score is even, but if they continue where they’ve left off, expect Uncle Chael to go for the jugular and in the process impose his will on the mindset of “The Count.”
One thing is certain, Bisping’s tendency to allow abrasive comments and actions to get under his skin was never more evident than in the run up to his clash with the now-retired Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera at UFC 127.
During the build to the fight, the 39-year-old American sent The Count into a mental meltdown-esque twizzle by uploading several online videos mocking his accent, fighting style and image of the Mancunian combatant.
By fight night, the Brit was out for murder, though he never committed said crime (he instead scored a second-round TKO win).
He was, however, the perpetrator of another heinous transgression—of spitting (hence the moniker “Spitbing” being attached to his name), an incident for which he was later fined for.
With regards to Sonnen, his innate ability to rile those in the firing line of his acerbic tongue has gotten him into trouble on more than one occasion—he incensed the Brazilian denizens to the point he was threatened with bodily harm if he were ever to set foot on their soil.
He was also browbeaten by Wanderlei Silva, called out by Lyoto Machida and the UFC’s 185-lb champion loathes him with a passion.
The bottom line is this: Sonnen’s modus operandi—with regards to gnawing at the bone to produce his intended results—works supremely and is poetic genius to boot.
Without a doubt, he will definitely call upon his orally-spoken bile to permeate the psyche of Bisping. Whether it has the desired effect will have to be seen.
That said, once Sonnen manages to work his magic, it just might send Bisping into a Rivera-esque rage and we all know what the upshot of that was.
UFC on FOX 2 is scheduled for Jan. 28, 2012, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
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