Michael Bisping: America's Favorite Fighter?

Jesse MotiffSenior Analyst IJune 3, 2010

LAS VEGAS - MAY 28:  UFC fighter Michael Bisping  weighs in for his fight against UFC fighter Dan Miller at UFC 114: Rampage versus Rashad at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on May 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Obviously I wrote the title with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, but there might be a small bit of truth to it after Michael Bisping's performance at UFC 114. As Bisping exited the cage after his unanimous decision over Dan Miller, he received a very good ovation from a crowd that had been booing him heavily as he entered the cage only minutes earlier.

"I definitely heard a good reaction at the end of the fight," Bisping said in an interview with MMA30.com. "I think the more I fight in America, the more popular I'll become."

Bisping also commented on his improved punching power saying, "Some fans have said I have pillow fists, but I don't hit like a girl...no disrespect to the female fighters out there."

"The Count" also continued his campaign for a rematch with Wanderlei Silva. He dropped a unanimous decision to Silva in February, but he's still convinced he won the fight. 

Bisping also talks about fighting Anderson Silva, but he realizes that fight is still a long way off for him. He figures it will take two, maybe three wins before he'd get a shot against the current UFC middleweight champion. 

Has your opinion changed on Bisping? He may still only rank in the middle-of-the-pack in the middleweight division, but there's no doubt he's a big name in the sport. 

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