Love him or hate him, he won’t go away.
Michael Bisping has a knack for sticking around and keeping himself in the mixed martial conversation. It’s a gift, really. One unique to him, it seems.
Saturday night was another example of “The Count” and his magical ability to stay in your face, on the brain and forever in your discussions.
UFC Fight Night 84 provided us with a cluster of moments that left the mind frustrated, thrilled, uncomfortable, awkward and overexcited. Bisping accomplished a goal that he had been shooting for since coming to the UFC through their now-deadhorse reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter,” way back in 2006 (Damn, has it really been that long?). Britain’s most famous MMA fighter dethroned the once-king of the middleweight division, Anderson Silva, in what is without a doubt the biggest win of his professional career.
And now, maybe more than ever, Bisping keeps himself in the talk about contenders in the UFC’s 185-pound division. Sure, he beat a guy who is in his 40s, not to mention someone who’s coming off a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs that he says he never took (eye-roll). But, nonetheless, it’s a win against the guy who reigned terror on UFC middleweights from 2006 to 2013.
While Bisping deserves a ton of credit for beating Andy Silva, one can’t dismiss that Andy Silva contributed to his own demise (once again) Saturday in London’s O2 Arena.
Silva long dismantled opponents for the better part of a decade in the Octagon. So wide did he place himself in front of his opposition, he created a reputation of taunting his opponents, leaving his hands down and daring them to ….View full article