Michael “The Count” Bisping says he’d put up a much better fight against Anderson Silva than Chael Sonnen did in his rematch with the Brazilian.
From Bisping, originally reported by ESPN.co.uk:
“It's easy to say 'take Anderson Silva down,’” Bisping said on Fuel TV. “Chael is an amazing wrestler - he went to the Olympics I think. Not everybody can do that.
“I'm not that level of wrestler. I can wrestle a little bit, but I'm not Chael Sonnen. But, I can kickbox [much] better than Chael Sonnen can. I won't get knocked out in the second round like Chael Sonnen did. That's a fact.
“You're a fool to bet against Anderson. He's amazing. For me, personally, I want to fight the guy because I want to see how I can do against him. I've beat a lot of guys, but I want to fight that guy. I think I can do better. And I'm never going to know that until I get in there with him.
“Yes, I want to fight him. Yes, I want to get paid for a title shot. Yes, I want the main event. I want all that. For me, personally, for my mind and soul, I want to fight the guy just to know how I would do. I think I can do better than Chael Sonnen did. In fact, I know I can do better than what Chael Sonnen did.”
In the main event of UFC 148, “The Spider” locked horns with his nemesis for a rematch that was aptly heralded as the most anticipated fight in the promotion's history. Only this time he didn’t leave it until the dying minutes to dispatch Sonnen.
That said, Silva suffered a torrid first round where the Oregonian was able to secure a takedown and inflict some serious ground-and-pound.
However, in the second frame Silva (32-4 MMA, 15-0 UFC) was able to capitalize on a mistake that turned the tide of the fight, thus handing him both a victory via TKO at 1:55 of said round and a 10th successive title defense in the process.
Apropos Bisping, he was in line for a title tilt against the perennial champion but fell short in his eliminator bout with Sonnen at UFC on FOX 2—at the end of proceedings, the judges saw fit to hand the latter a unanimous decision win, a win nonetheless that some felt should’ve been awarded to the British combatant.
Bisping (22-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) was scheduled to throw hands with Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 but had to pull out due to injury. However, an expected clash with Alan Belcher is slated for UFC 152.