Posted on: February 20, 2010 11:43 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2010 12:11 am
It's time for the "Axe Murderer" vs. "The Count," as Wanderlei Silva slugs it out with Michael Bisping at middleweight.
Round 1: Bisping misses a jab, Silva whiffs on a leg kick. Head kick by Silva get checked. Bisping takes Silva down, but he's right back up again. Bisping does it a second time, and this time Silva gets up and takes a few big swings at Bisping's head. Jab by Bisping connects. Bisping takes Silva down, and lets him back up so he can throw a fist-and-kick combo as he rises to his feet. Nothing major lands, including Silva's counterpunch. Inside leg kick by Bisping. Silva connects with a left to the gut and a big right to the face. They exchange strikes with both landing some. Outside leg kick by Silva. Silva pushes forward with five heavy punches, a couple of which connect. Bisping with a nice right hand. Silva with a combo. Silva with another combo and he tries for a Muay Thai plomb, but Bisping scraps his way out of it. Silva finishes the round with a nice flurry. 10-9 Silva.
Round 2: They trade inside leg kicks and test the distance with their hands. Silva catches a leg on a Bisping kick attempt and takes him down. Silva working ground and pound from within Bisping's full guard. Silva stands and connects with a nice kick to the body as Bisping stands. Bisping misses with a jab. Silva counters a body punch with an overhand right. Silva throws up the middle with a pair of straight punches. Bisping with a double leg takedown. Silva scrambles to his feet in short order. Nice jab by Bisping. And another. Silva with a pair of hooks. Inside leg kick by Silva. Bisping blocks a kick to the body. Silva pushes forward with a boxing flurry as Bisping counters with a body kick. Bisping with a takedown as Silva slaps on a guillotine choke. Silva cranks on the guillotine for about the final 10 seconds of the round, but Bisping holds on. 10-9 Silva.
Round 3: They continue their striking battle with neither landing much of significance. Bisping goes too high on an inside leg kick, catchign Silva in the cup. A few seconds later, the fight resumes. Outside leg kick by Silva. Bisping shoots, but Silva sprawls to avoid a takedown. Inside leg kick by Silva as the crowd starts cheering him on. Silva stuffs another takedown attempt. At this rate, being able to avoid the takedown might be enough to win the fight for Silva. A quick exchange of fists ends up with Bisping poking Silva in the eye, for another brief stoppage and a chorus of boos from the audience. Silva is swinging for the fences now. Straight right by Silva connects. Body kick by Bisping is caught by Silva, who sweeps the other leg to trip him down. Outside leg kick by Bisping. Both guys land solid jabs. Silva explodes with a flurry in the final seconds and actually knocks Bisping to the mat with a right hand to the jaw. Silva smashes away at Bisping on the canvas and referee Josh Rosenthal jumps in to stop the fight right at the final buzzer. 10-9 Silva, so I'd give the fight to Silva 30-27, but it was really pretty close in each round except for the third.
Winner: Wanderlei Silva defeats Michael Bisping via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds.
Posted on: February 19, 2010 4:25 pm
We're back again this Saturday with a live round-by-round blog of the main card for UFC 110, headlined by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez in a heavyweight clash.
The blog will begin between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m. ET with quickie undercard results, followed by complete details of each main-card bout as it happens live.
Here's the card:
Mirko Cro Cop was originally supposed to face Ben Rothwell . Rothwell pulled out of the fight this week after coming down with an ailment of some sort after arriving in Australia.
In Rothwell's place, Cro Cop now fights Perosh, an Australian fighter that is 0-2 in UFC bouts (lost to Christian Wellisch and Jeff Monson , both in 2006).
Also, Elvis "The King of Rock and Rumble" Sinosic pulled out of his fight vs. Chris Haseman with a hurt shoulder. That fight was completely scrapped due to the UFC not having enough time to find a replacement opponent for Haseman.
See you Saturday for the live blog.
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Posted on: October 9, 2008 4:18 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2008 4:18 pm
UFC 89 will be headlined on Oct. 18 by a middleweight bout between Chris Leben and Michael Bisping.
Considering the fighters are two of the UFC's most polarizing personalities -- and in the past, two of the more accomplished trash talkers -- Thursday's conference call to discuss the fight was relatively subdued.In fact, both Bisping and Leben seemed friendly and cordial. Dare I say, they both sounded cheerful. The call was light on insults and bravado, heavy on compliments and introspection. Leben in particular sounds like a man who has grown up considerably since he made his name years ago as one of the central characters on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Some highlights below.
Leben on what this fight means: "I think this fight is really a deciding factor of who's gonna be at that top tier, you know, in the middleweight division (and) who's gonna be in line for a title shot. Who's gonna fall back down and be kind of in the midst of the pack. As far as that goes, I can't say how I think Michael is going to fight, how he's going to perform if he fights Anderson (Silva). I fought him once, and obviously it didn't go the best. But that was years ago. I'm a much different fighter. The Chris Leben of today wouldn't do what he did then."
Bisping responds: "Pretty much just what Chris said, really. Whoever wins this fight moves onwards and upwards towards title contention. And as Chris said, you kind of fall back to the middle of the pack, for the loser. So obviously, a lot riding on it."
Leben on getting a second chance to fight Bisping after legal issues prevented the first booking from happening: "When I was first slated to fight Michael Bisping, it was a huge opportunity for me. It's a fight that I personally wanted, and obviously some things came up and caused me to not take that fight. It was a huge bummer. It was a giant let-down. It was a letdown for me, it was a letdown for my camp, it was a letdown for the fans, and you know, obviously Michael as well. Luckily the UFC came back around. They knew it's the fight everybody wants to see. They offered it again, and I gotta tell you, it lit a fire underneath me. To have that opportunity pulled away from me like I did, when I got that second chance, you know, it just made me that much more focused, that much more intense. Obviously Michael got another great win in decisive fashion. So for me, all that played into being one giant motivator for training for this bout."
Bisping on making weight at 185: "I kind of know what I'm doing making the weight. The first time was quite stressful, because I didn't know how easy or hard it was going to be to make the weight, but now I'm pretty confortable. I'm probably going to come in a bit heavier this time than I have in the past, because I know I can cut a little bit. But yeah, it's feeling natural for me. I feel great at this weight. Middleweight was always my natural class; I was just too stupid to realize it."
Bisping on whether it will be difficult to put Leben away: "I think it's well-documented that the guy can take a good punch. We've all seen it. He takes a good shot. That's all well and good, you know. Whether it's the smartest game plan in the world is another thing, but yeah, Chris is tough. I'm not underestimating him whatsoever. He takes a good shot and he lands a good shot himself."
Leben on why he was forced to pull out of the first fight: "I had got a DUI in Oregon. I was supposed to take care of ... there was a bunch of diversion-type stuff. I had to go to a class, and obviously obey the terms of my probation. One of the terms of my probation was not to leave the state. I moved to Hawaii. Apparently, you can't do that. (laughs) ... I'm done now. It's pretty cool. I was a little worried about going through customs, but I'm in the country now. I got a nice clean record, and yeah, everything is taken care of."
Posted on: June 7, 2008 4:47 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2008 5:00 pm
Jason Day faces "England's own" Michael Bisping, up next.
Round 1: Day with leg kicks. Bisping countering with punches. Bisping catches the leg on a kick attempt and puts Day on the mat for ground and pound. The crowd is going nuts every time Bisping lands a strike. Day eventually works back to his feet, but eats a couple of punches and walks into a Bisping takedown. Bisping with the mount and even gets Day's back for a moment, but gives it up to keep hammering away. Bisping punishes Day with strikes from side control and Dan Miragliotta steps in to stop the fight. Dominant performance by Bisping.
Winner: Michael Bisping defeated Jason Day via TKO due to strikes at 3:42 of Round 1.