Michael “The Count” Bisping is one of the longest-toothed fighters in the UFC and a stalwart within the middleweight division. He’s been around since 2006 and this October 26th, the Count will secure his 20th fight in the “big show” when he squares off against division rival and surging star Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England.

Of his 14-5 (UFC) career one can say this about Michael Bisping, that’s he’s never lacked for confidence and that his brash personality has, for the most part, either left fans loving him or hating him, but never indifferent about him.

His detractors would say that he’s a point fighter with no power. His supporters would state that he’s under-rated and a considerably more skilled and technical fighter then he’s given credit for.

One thing that most could probably agree upon is that Bisping runs a good 2nd to Chael Sonnen as the best smack-talker in the UFC. Michael has never been one to be shy about speaking his mind regarding an opponent and trashing them in the media prior to a fight.

That said, Bisping’s game has evolved over the years and where he used to verbally burn the house down on his adversaries and take no prisoners, Michael is (now) more refined. Yes, he still maintains the same ad hominem attacks regarding what he’s going to do to his opponents in the ring, but he also mutes his thrusts by adding praise to them regarding his adversary’s accomplishments and skills.

The net result of the change in Bisping’s smack game is that he has become a much more likable fellow and a fighter the fans enjoy even more. He’s been able to accomplish this, because even though he’s become a likeable guy, he still knows how to stir the pot and give fans the trash talk and hype that so many other fighters seem to struggle with or can’t do at all.

For his upcoming bout with Mark Munoz, Bisping is in true form. He looks to be in great shape and his confidence is as high as ever. The Count believes that Munoz is a heck of a fighter and looked great in his last performance, “incredible” actually and that “he’s the nicest guy you could ever meet”. Bisping also concedes that Mark is an explosive and athletic fighter and one with tremendous wrestling skills and power in his hands.

However, the Count feels that he is the much better technical striker and that he has an under-rated ground and submissions game for the wrestling focused Mnuoz to worry about and that beyond that, he’s very good at getting back to his feet; which his is.

In terms of where he stands in his career and what this fight means to it, the Count knows two things: 

First, that he doesn’t want to become a “win one lose one” fighter and that as such and particularly with title implications on the line, that if he ever wants to fight for the belt that he needs to string together a winning streak and that streak has to start with a win over Mark Munoz.

Second, Bisping believes that he has to prove to the UFC, his team, management, fans and critics, that he’s one of the best middle weights in the world and the only way to do that, is by beating Munoz.

In terms of his pillow fists, Bisping says that he’s going to use those pillows to leave Munoz on the canvass in a pool of his own blood and p**s and then offer him one of those pillows to comfort his (unconscious) head. Further still, the Count feels that the only way Munoz could put him to sleep would be by Mark talking to him for 5 minutes.

All in all, it should be an interesting fight and a heck of a test for the Count. If he can garner a win over “The Filipino Wrecking Machine", particularly a decisive one, then he will have proven himself to those that he (now) feels he must prove himself , too. Good for him if he does. 

Video courtesy of Rick J. Lee