Michael Bisping: I will beat Chael Sonnen in a rematch for the titlePosted on April 20, 2012, 12:45 PM by Mike Drahota
Recently, UK MMA star Michael Bisping came out with a bold claim. Never known to be the most soft-spoken of fighters, he believes that Chael Sonnen will indeed best Anderson Silva in Rio (or wherever the fight actually happens). He will then beat Sonnen in a rematch upon being given an immediate title shot. Bisping lost a hotly-contested bout versus Sonnen on UFC on Fox 2 earlier this year. Some thought he won the fight, others vehemently denied this. Bisping was quoted with the following via cagedinsider.com:
“I think Chael will out-wrestle Anderson and beat him this time, and then I’ll get the rematch with Chael considering how close our fight was. If I had Chael over five rounds, I’d definitely beat him. In that last fight, I’d have stopped him in the fourth for sure. He was spent after trying to submit me in that third round. Towards the end of that round I was raining down shots on him.”
Never one to be lacking in confidence, Bisping seems to have no doubt that he can beat Chael Sonnen in a five-round rematch. Now comes the hard part. Bisping can only stand by and watch Sonnen tackle the task of prying the belt from Anderson Silva's arms, and ending a UFC-record winning streak in the process. If Sonnen did pull off the unlikely to retain the belt, would Bisping be next in line for a title shot? He has no current fight booked as of right now. While he and Sonnen did have a close match back in January, does he really have the skills to stay off of his back and win the fight via finish or in the judges' eyes? It would seem that the takedowns Sonnen scored on Bisping made the difference on the scorecards. What are your thoughts? Can Sonnen beat Silva in their long-awaited grudge match, and if so, does Bisping have the skills to wrest the belt away from Chael Sonnen?