Denis Kang Is Not a Rebound Fight, Michael Bisping Should Be Wary
When a heavily-promoted fighter falls from the trail towards their championship goals, their next fight is generally against a weaker opponent, a rebound fight in fewer words.
With the amount of time, money, and effort placed into promoting Michael "The Count" Bisping, it would appear to most American fans that Bisping got exactly that.
What most of these fans don't know is that the Denis "The Super Korean" Kang that they all saw against Xavier Foupa-Pokam, wasn't the same Denis Kang that established over 30 wins to his résumé.
Before landing a spot on the UFC's roster, "The Super Korean" fought in well-known promotions across the seas, including: Pancrase, M-1, Spirit MC, Pride FC, and K-1.
While the first 15 fights of his career resulted in a meager 7-7-0-1 NC record, Kang bounced back strong, finding himself on a 23-fight unbeaten streak, with only one draw and one no-contest sandwiched in between.
Even after his loss to Kazuo Misaki, Kang was considered one of the top middleweight fighters in the world.
However, things quickly changed and Kang fell back into obscurity, compiling a 4-3 record since his loss to Misaki. But this should not be enough to throw Kang into the "puncher's chance" category.
Those three losses came to very tough opponents who, depending on who you ask, are in the top ten of their respected divisions: Yoshihiro Akiyama, Gegard Mousasi, and Alan Belcher.
In each of these three fights, Kang appeared to be in control before making a slight mistake, where his skilled opponents exploited the flaw and secured the victory.
This is often one of the major factors in determining a victor for the fight, how well can you capitalize on your opponent's mistakes?
Kang, like Bisping and many other fighters, has been on both the winning and losing end of this scenario.
At the current moment, Kang is surprisingly a slight favorite to win this fight, according to sportbet's website. But that doesn't mean the rest of the world is on board with this prediction, in fact, it seems to be the opposite.
In the eyes of some Americans, and a majority of the U.K., Bisping is going to walk away from this fight with a big, cheesy grin on his face and another mark in his win column.
Maybe these people should do a little more research into Kang before they start making their assessments. Then they would see that Kang's all-around game is only a step behind the likes of Nate Marquardt.
His boxing is a deadly mix of quick, crisp, clean shots and brutal, wild, looping punches. His kicking and footwork are often over-looked because of his hands.
He also finds his opponent's timing and rhythm quickly, usually shooting for a quick take-down shortly thereafter. If he isn't being too aggressive, Kang is also able to keep his opponent on their back, which will be a must against Bisping.
Once on the ground, Kang has a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt, which has helped him earn 15 victories with a submission finish.
And to top off the ice cream sunday with a juicy, tart cherry, Kang also trains in Coconut Creek, Florida, with the well-known camp of American Top Team. This means he is training with the likes of Thiago Silva, Thiago Alves, J.Z. Calvacante, Luis Cane, Mike Thomas Brown, and Ben Saunders; not a bad group of fighters to be training with.
So to all of those that think a victory for Bisping is as sure as the sun rising in the morning, just remember that some people in Alaska don't see a sunrise for two months of the year.
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