Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann: The Count Needs a Win to Keep Title Hopes Alive

Ethan GrantAnalyst ISeptember 22, 2012

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27:  Michael Bisping of Great Britain punches Jorge Rivera of the USA during their middleweight bout part of at UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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Michael Bisping and Brian Stann are set to face off Saturday night on the undercard of UFC 152, and a potential shot at Anderson Silva and the middleweight title are on the line.

For Bisping, the popular fighter from England who won The Ultimate Fighter Season 3 as a light heavyweight, this chance at the middleweight eliminator is his second in as many fights, after losing to Chael Sonnen at UFC on Fox.

It's a big fight for both fighters, as they both have championship belt aspirations.

Stann, the Scranton, PA, native and a former United States Marine Corp captain, is looking for his 13th career victory and his first real push towards a title fight.

But Bisping, the decorated veteran and noted "hate him or love him" guy in the UFC, has more than 20 career victories and is in position to finally strike from in close.

After losing to Dan Henderson via KO and then Sonnen on the undercard of the Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis card on Fox, Bisping is hoping the third time is the charm for his chance to prove his talk about staying in the ring with Silva is no joke.

Bisping is a clear favorite for a title fight due to his big mouth and fearlessness when it comes to trashing his opponents. He and Jason "Mayhem" Miller went back and forth as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Season 14 leading up to their bout at the end of the show.

Bottom line, Bisping will be favored in Canada to beat Stann. He's got the resume and the hunger to finally reach that shot he's been grasping towards for so long, and Stann still has plenty of life in the UFC.

Here's an interesting stat about Bisping: He's only 8-3 since moving down to the middleweight division, compared to a 14-1 career record in all other fights. Stann is 4-1 since dropping to the 185 division.

Although a title shot is a good bet for Bisping with a win, he still has other factors at play, so it will be pivotal to put on a good show and make people respect this win against Stann. Chris Weidman vs. Tim Boetsch figures to have an impact, and a super fight for Silva against GSP or Jon Jones is always in the conversation.

No matter what the future outcome is for Bisping, you can bet he'll be focused and ready to make a statement. Tune in for UFC 152 tonight on PPV, when this fight is the undercard for Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort, with the Light Heavyweight Championship on the line.