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The Count “Hungrier than ever” prior to UFC 110


UFC middleweight Michael Bisping (18-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) was well on his way to a middleweight title shot with three straight octagon victories before Dan Henderson knocked him out clean at UFC 100.

A devastating knockout could reasonably sap the confidence of any fighter. But Bisping, an innately self-assured fighter, said he was humbled by the loss and had moved onward and upward.

Now heading into a fight with Wanderlei Silva at UFC 110 that could move him within striking distance of contendership, Bisping on Wednesday said he is more motivated than ever to prove he belongs at the top of the 185-pound division.

“I had to look at that and work on why I got knocked out and try to improve those holes (in my game),” Bisping said during a media teleconference promoting UFC 110 on Feb. 21 in Sydney, Australia. “You’ve got to constantly evolve. If you stay the same, people are going to figure you out, and you’re going to become predictable.”

And contrary to popular belief, Bisping said, he was humble enough to learn that lesson.

Bisping expressed irritation at the scolding he received for the UFC 100 performance in which he circled into Henderson’s powerful right hand and set the stage for the knockout.

“It kind of pisses me off, people going into that all the time, as if I’m stupid,” he said. “Obviously when you’re fighting an opponent, you move to their weak side because they’re not going to do that; you go the opposite direction.

“But then sometimes in a fight, when a guy’s cutting you off one way, and you’re taking some big shots, they leave you with no option but to go that way. Sometimes, after taking a few shots, you’re fighting on instinct as well.”

That instinct, he said, may have been rooted in his previous fight against Chris Leben, a southpaw with a big left hand.

“So there’s a lot of theories,” Bisping said. “My manager has a theory. Some of my teammates and coaches have a theory. Fact of the matter is I got hit with some shots. I was doing OK in the second round. I think I was winning the second round until he hit me with that shot. But you learn from your mistakes.”

Bisping surprised many in his most recent fight by taking down veteran fighter Denis Kang and pounding him out after landing on his back early at UFC 105 this past November. The performance won him a “Fight of the Night” bonus, his second such honor.

Going into the fight with Silva – a Tasmanian devil of aggression – Bisping said defense is a top priority in camp.

“Before that fight (with Henderson), I was of the impression that I could go out there and stand with anyone for three rounds and not get knocked out,” Bisping said. “I’m not saying I would have beaten [Henderson], but I certainly believed that I could go out there and stand with him for three rounds and not get knocked out.

“Obviously, that wasn’t the case; I got knocked out. So I’ve tightened a few things up.”

And no one could be more qualified to help Bisping tighten up his defense than Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, a training partner since late 2006 who fought Silva on three different occasions and knocked him out at UFC 92.

Bisping said Jackson has been with him in Sydney several weeks and will be in his corner on Feb. 21.

“He’s given me great insight into the fight,” Bisping said. “He brings some good strategy to the table, and he told me what to expect. It’s been invaluable having him.”

The Brit said he won’t be bullied by his opponent’s Blitzkrieg style.

“Wanderlei’s a strong clincher, but I’m planning on standing toe to toe and beating him head on,” Bisping said.

Although he stumbled on the way up the middleweight ladder, Bisping said he embraced the cliché that fighters learn from their losses.

“I wanted to go out there and take my respect in [the Henderson] fight, and it didn’t work out that way,” he said. “So it’s made me even hungrier to prove to the world that I am that level of fighter, and that alone has pushed me harder in training.”


Rothwell vs. Cro cop – IFL vs Pride – Battle of the walking papers?

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It sounds like every MMA fans dream match up! A former IFL Champion vs. A former Pride Grand Prix Champion but, no matter which way you look at it, Rothwell vs. Cro cop at UFC 110 could be the last time you see one of these faces in the UFC.

Mirco Cro Cop has been less than impressive since landing in the UFC – Only being successful in 2 of his 5 UFC career fights. The former K-1 and Pride wrecking machine has found it hard pulling the trigger in the octagon,though sadly he does seem to be doing well at pulling the trigger on his MMA career. It is far the Mirko Cro cop I once adored in pride when he came up with his infamous “Right leg, hospital; left leg, cemetery” quote. He went in to his last fight at UFC 103 looking nervous and less than enthusiastic when he met Junior dos Santos in the centre of the octagon and, to great surprise, Cro cop verbally submitted in 2 minutes into the 3rd round.

Ben Rothwell…I will keep this one short and sweet much like his UFC debut…All that hype, all that talk and he got flattened, demolished and embarrased at UFC 104 when he met Cain Velasquez. Now there is no shame in loosing to Velasquez at all but for somebody that spent months saying “I will punch Cain harder than he has ever been hit in his life and he wont know what to do” I found his efforts laughable at best. We can all argue that the Ref stoppage may have came too early but there is no doubt in my mind that Cain would of only ended up hurting him more than he needed to be…

If Rothwell looses this fight at UFC 110 in the same fashion that he lost at UFC 104 then I can only expect for Dana White to start questioning his place in the UFC. He is not a major attraction so he does not fall under Mr.Whites Pay Per View buy safety umbrella and I cant see anybody wanting to watch him fight again if this happens…

Filipovic on the other hand needs this win to stay in the UFC. There is no doubt in my mind, or any other hardcore MMA fans mind, that if Mirko fails to get a win at UFC 110 then his time in the organization will be done with. He has mixed up his training camps, got rid of his 99 year old “Mickey Goldmill from Rocky” style trainers and seems to be determined to get back to his old self.

Fingers crossed that we will hear alot more Duran Duran “Wild Boys” in the near future.

UFC 110 Main Card is Stacked with Top Class Fighters !

For those of you who dont know about the UFC 110 main card yet…Get ready for a BIG night of Big fights !
Heavyweight (265lbs)
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Cain Velasquez
Yuma, Arizona
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Image
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Middleweight (185lbs)
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Wanderlei Silva
Curitba, Brazil
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Michael Bisping
Liverpool, England
Lightweight (155lbs)
Joe Stevenson Image
Joe Stevenson
George Sotiropoulos Image
George Sotiropoulos
Victoria, Australia
Light Heavyweight (205lbs)
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Ryan Bader
Tempe, Arizona
Keith Jardine Image
Keith Jardine
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Heavyweight (265lbs)
Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic Image
Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic
Zagreb, Croatia
Ben Rothwell Image
Ben Rothwell
Kenosha, Wisconsin

UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez is an upcoming mixed martial arts event to be held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on Sunday, February 21, 2010 in Sydney, Australia at the Acer Arena. The event will mark the UFC’s first trip to Australia.
The main event of UFC 110 will be a heavyweight bout between Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cain Velasquez.
The long expected bout between Yoshihiro Akiyama and Wanderlei Silva will not take place at this event. Instead, Silva will face Michael Bisping.
A bout between Nate Marquardt and Chael Sonnen which was expected to take place on this card has been moved to UFC 109. A bout between Keith Jardine and Rich Franklin was being discussed. Jardine will instead fight the Ultimate Fighter 8 Winner Ryan Bader.
Chris Lytle was expected to face Dong Hyun Kim, but Kim has been forced off the card with an injury. Brian Foster will step in to fight Lytle.
The bout between Elvis Sinosic and Chris Haseman will be the first ever all-Australian bout to take place in the UFC.
Tickets for the event sold out on the first day they were available to the general public.It was the second fastest sellout of an event in the history of the UFC, behind UFC 83. UFC 110 will be aired live on Australian free-to-air sports channel ONE HD