UFC 152: Detailed Breakdown of Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann
UFC 152 Jones vs. Belfort comes to you live from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this Saturday, September 22nd.
Headlining the night's action will be a light heavyweight contest between current champion Jon "Bones" Jones and "The Phenom" Vitor Belfort.
Additional pay-per-view action includes the always talkative—and at times, disrespectfully honest—Brit, Michael "The Count" Bisping versus "The All-American" and former Marine, Brian Stann.
Truly a dynamic matchup of two rising stars within the UFC middleweight division, this battle will be extremely exciting, as both competitors are eager for a title shot against Anderson "The Spider" Silva.
Please follow along as I break down the skill sets and determine who will have their hand raised in victory in front of the thousands of screaming Canadian fans and millions of UFC followers glued to their televisions at home.
Standing Striking Accuracy: Michael Bisping
Most fight experts assume that both Bisping and Stann will want to keep this fight standing and win impressively via knockout.
Assuming both competitors are true to the experts' thoughts, standing striking accuracy will play a vital role in the outcome of this matchup.
It is easy to presume that Brian Stann would have the advantage in the striking category over "The Count."
The reality, however, is quite different when you take a look at the details of each fighter's previous bouts within the UFC.
According to UFC.com, Bisping holds a solid advantage over Stann in striking accuracy on the feet, with a 69 percent success rate as compared to Stann's 45 percent.
These figures do not calculate power strikes; however, they do bring into account kicks, punches, knees and elbows.
In the end, the numbers do not lie. Michael Bisping possesses a solid striking game and a considerable advantage over "The All-American" in striking accuracy on the feet.
Knockout Power: Brian Stann
Since arriving in the UFC, Brian Stann has amassed a highlight reel of knockouts, including (T)KO victories over the iron-chinned Chris Leben, Jorge Santiago and the always dangerous striker, Alessio Sakara.
Of Stann's 12 victories, nine have come by (T)KO, equaling a knockout stoppage rate of 75 percent.
An impressive list of victories for Stann since dropping to the middleweight division.
Not possessing the media accolades of Stann, Bisping too has extremely lethal power.
With 22 career victories, 14 of "The Count's" wins have come by (T)KO, equaling a knockout stoppage rate of 64 percent.
Both Bisping and Stann possess tremendous thunder in all their strikes. However, the former Marine has been on a knockout rampage as of late and holds a slight advantage over the Brit in this category.
Stand-Up Striking Defense and Conditioning: Michael Bisping
Because of Dan Henderson's crushing blow to the chin of Michael Bisping and subsequent Nintendo forearm smash in which he leaped into the air and lambasted an already unconscious Bisping, the reputation of "The Count's" defense is somewhat mired by that one memory.
However, again, the numbers do not lie.
According to UFC.com, Bisping has avoided 71 percent of the total strikes attempted during his matchups, whereas Stann has avoided an equally impressive yet lesser amount of strikes, with a 62 percent striking defense.
Defense within the confines of the famed Octagon is directly related to the cardiovascular conditioning of the competitor.
Being capable of avoiding striking angles while inflicting damage, constant movement and maintaining a solid game plan all depend on tremendous cardiorespiratory conditioning.
I am taking nothing away from the highly conditioned "All-American," but Bisping yet again holds a distinct advantage over Stann in this category of striking defense.
Takedowns: Michael Bisping
With amateur wrestling in Bisping's pedigree, "The Count" has delivered solid double-leg takedowns against strong grappling competitors, including Rashad Evans.
Not an excellent wrestler, Bisping has been successful on only 51 percent of his takedown attempts.
However, even though Bisping is not the caliber of Chael Sonnen or Mark Munoz when it comes to successful takedowns, he will not need to be against Brian Stann.
An Achilles heel of "The All-American" has been his inability to change levels and take a competitor to the ground and deliver punishing ground-and-pound.
With only one successful takedown in a meager eight attempts, clearly Stann's fight strategy is to keep the battle on the feet and eliminate any ground warfare.
This 13 percent success rate by Stann will also provide Bisping with added confidence knowing that a takedown attempt will not be in Stann's repertoire.
Will either competitor attempt to take this fight to the ground?
Only time will tell when the Octagon door is closed this Saturday.
With that said, however, if Bisping does attempt to alter the forecasting of the experts and drop "The All-American" with a double-leg, he possesses a much better chance of success when compared to Stann.
Competitiveness, Octagon Aggressiveness and the Will to Win: Brian Stann
How does one judge competitiveness, or the will to win?
With so much money and prestige on the line, is the will to win ever questioned? Apparently, yes, otherwise the debate will never ensue.
Both Bisping and Stann possess an innate desire to be the best. "The Count" and "The All-American" are always "game" when they step into the Octagon.
So how can I declare Stann a victor in this subjective category when neither middleweight has faltered?
The edge I am providing the former Marine is because of the fact that he is a former Marine and his combat training created a mental prowess unequal to that of a civilian.
Stann is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where men are molded into military war machines with a mental edge like no other.
Serving as a Lieutenant in combat, Stann earned a Silver Star for his valor within combat operations.
Clearly, Stann's ingrained mental toughness has carried over into the Octagon. This former Marine possesses the will to win, rivaling that of any great competitor across all sports.
Victor in This Highly Competitive MW Contest: Michael Bisping
I am not a betting man. If I was, I would not pick Michael Bisping over Brian Stann this Saturday at the Air Canada Centre.
Stann's knockout power and internal drive to challenge Anderson Silva for the belt would be evidence enough to not bet against "The All-American."
However, Bisping possesses only one knockout loss on his record. A solid striker with tremendous movement and cardiorespiratory conditioning, the ability to change levels and secure a takedown as well as excellent defense all support "The Count" in a defeat over "The All-American."
The numbers do not lie, and therefore my pick as victor is Michael Bisping.
Regardless, this middleweight contest will be an excellent matchup between two of the best that the UFC has to offer.
Even though Jones versus Belfort holds the title as main event and, subsequently, should deliver fireworks, Bisping versus Stann will be my pick for "Fight of the Night."
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