UFC on FOX 2 Fight Card: What Michael Bisping Needs to Do to Win

Sean SmithAnalyst IJanuary 28, 2012

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There's really no secrecy about Chael Sonnen's approach to any of his fights.

The former University of Oregon wrestler will look to take Michael Bisping down quickly, working methodically with ground-and-pound to open up submissions.

In order to defeat Sonnen and earn a shot at UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, Bisping will have to be successful in the following two aspects: 

  1. Stuff at least a couple of Sonnen's takedown attempts.
  2. Attack with submission attempts on the ground.

In his past nine fights, Sonnen has successfully taken opponents down on 69 percent of his 39 attempts. 

Bisping, meanwhile, has stuffed just 49 percent of his opponents' takedown attempts in his past 15 UFC appearances.

Considering the relentlessness of Sonnen's attack, Bisping will need to find more success in defending takedowns if he hopes to use his technical boxing to his advantage in this fight. 

Should Sonnen successfully take Bisping to the ground, which seems likely, the Englishman will likely need to record the first submission victory of his UFC career in order to secure a title shot.

Once he has opponents on the ground, Sonnen rarely allows escapes or referee stand-ups.

Sonnen's past nine opponents have attempted 14 submissions.  Three of those attempts proved successful—all three submissions came while Sonnen's opponent was on his back. 

Considering he was preparing to fight jiu-jitsu black belt Demian Maia until two weeks ago, Bisping is probably more prepared to defend submissions to secure them.

That being said, as we saw in his memorable loss to Silva, it may only take one sneaky triangle choke from Bisping to shock Sonnen and the MMA world.


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