MMA Bisping considering dropping to 185lb

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  1. Atmosphere

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    Season three winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) and undefeated UFC light heavyweight contender, Michael Bisping, could possibly move down to the middleweight division sometime in the future, according to the Orange County Regester.

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    “Juanito [Ibarra] said Bisping is destined to be a UFC champion. He hinted that Bisping might be moving out of the 205-pound weight class in the future. Bisping confirmed he believes he can make the 185-pound limit. Bisping’s dynamic striking and the added strength he would have at a lower weight class would make him a serious force, as if he weren’t a force already. Bisping said he has a nine-fight contract with the UFC and he wants to take his time moving up the ladder and improving with each fight.”

    “The Count” is currently training up in the mountains of Big Bear, Calif., preparing for his showdown with Matt Hamill at UFC 75: “Champion vs. Champion” on September 8 in London, England. The British star took time away from the Wolf’s Laire MMA Academy to train with notables such as UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Brandon Vera and Cheick Congo.

    Ibarra is primarily known as the trainer for Rampage.

    In just the last few months, the UFC light heavyweight division has been reinvigorated with new talent such as PRIDE FC Middleweight Champion Dan Henderson, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and veteran Keita Nakamura, among others. Former champs Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, as well Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin and Jason Lambert are also in the mix.

    Put simply, the 205 pound division is crowded. Meanwhile, the 185-pound division is not.

    Current titleholder Anderson Silva and former division king Rich Franklin lead the middleweight pack. Yushin Okami, Nate Marquardt, Terry Martin and a handful of others are also worth noting.

    However, the addition of Bisping into the 185-pound fray would no doubt give perhaps the most lackluster division in the organization a much-needed lift.

    Not to mention a little charisma.
     
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    i hope he does. he's fun to watch, but he looks like he can drop to 185
     
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    Bisping vs. Anderson Silva would be a huge draw in England
     
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    In another year or two I think it would be a good fight too.
     
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    just for the record :hs:


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    It would go the exact same way as his fight with Lee Murray.
     
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    bisping vs. a stapler would draw huge crowds in england
     
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    Lee Murray > *
     
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    You are forgetting that Anderson is also a huge star there
     
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    i'm not forgetting that. i'm just saying that Bisping's name alone draws a retarded amount of fans
     
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    haha when i read the thread title the first thing i thought was, "holy shit he was right"

    I dont think Bisping has any world champion aspirations, he's just tryin to get paid.
     
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    Probably more fun to get paid and compete than get paid and destroyed.
     
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    He is half a championship chance at 185 I think.
     
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    Personally I can't see Bisping being a champ at 185 or 205. I like the guy but I don't think he's championship material; maybe he can convince me in the next few fights.
     
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    No way in hell is he going to be a champ at 205 with all the talent the UFC has now (Hendo, Rampage, Rua, Silva, Liddell etc)
     
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    he's kinda like a more polished Forrest Griffin IMO

    i wonder if the UFC will "protect" him like they do Huerta to a degree just to appeal to international fans
     
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    I don't see one stylistic similarity between him and Forrest.

    And I would say they have already protected him plenty, and this Hammill match should be a cake walk for him. Hopefully after this he will get some competition that might give us a chance to judge whether he is good or not.
     
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    yeah that is a great move and the ufc would push his ass to the top in that division too because it doesnt have that many contenders. shit we were talking about it in a thread the other day whos next after silva vs franklin. Plus the ufc has been giving him alot of push because they are trying hard as hell to get the english market and be big in mma. this guy is like the posterboy for ufc in england
     
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    it's primarily that they're both scrappers who love to go out to hurt or get hurt. it's just that forrest swings for the fences and bisping actually looks like he trains MMA :o
     
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    If I were a smaller 205er I'd make the drop to 185 if at all possible. its a talent light division in the UFC right now, and beat a few guys and you're either going to get a title shot or have a fight against either Anderson Silva or Rich Franklin, huge draws with big paydays.

    Its a good move, but he wont go down till he takes a loss to someone who is bigger than he is.
     
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    i can only imagine that he has improved his tdd in big bear and has an answer for whatever Hammill has to throw at him. Which will likely be tears when he gets hit.

    yeah, i think that could be said for 99% of strikers in MMA. Bisping actually brings some rather technically sound striking to the table and a fairly good defense and has great high kicks.
     
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    according to his trainers he is already considering it. I think training with Rampage kind of forces him to either drop down or give up on dreams of being a champ (If Rampage retains).

    He will make the cut, he does not want any part of Chute Boxe or his trianing partner.
     
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    That doesn't make great sense to pre-emptively make the weight cut, why make the weight cut, not know how it'll really kill your body in an all out fight, or keep fighting in the LHW division where you know how to fight and have been winning?

    Sure hes considering it, but I'd be very surprised if he actually did it without having taken a loss at LHW. Hes undefeated at that weight, why make that cut?
     
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    because he was fed B and C-class fighters, and he is undersized seeing how he hardly cuts weight (if he does at all)

    fighting at 185 would put him more on par with most other 185ers as far as size and weight
     

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