Bisping Thinks He Can Handle Hendo, Belfort, and Sonnen In A Rematch


Perennial UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping has never been a stranger to making brash statements and letting his true feelings be known.  Love him or hate him, it’s a big reason that he reached his high level of popularity within the UFC.

He’s been rumored to face off against a re-motivated Mark Munoz as the headlining bout of the upcoming UFC event in Manchester, England, but nothing has been officially confirmed on that front as of yet.

While that scrap could definitely separate Bisping from the rest of the pack at 185, he sits in an awkward position due to being knocked out by Vitor Belfort earlier this year. With Belfort himself waiting at length for a desired title shot, it’s safe to assume that Bisping has a long road to climb towards this goal.

But that isn’t stopping him from voicing his opinions on all things pertaining to middleweight. He recently spoke up in an interview with Bloody Elbow to explain his evolution as a fighter. Bisping believes that he has improved and could hand those who’ve beat him a loss:

“I would love to rematch all the guys that have a victory over me. Chael is one of them, Rashad, Henderson, Vitor … I’d love to fight them all. I’d love to get another crack. After every loss I’ve gone back to the drawing board, so to speak, figured out what went wrong, and I’ve come back as a better fighter.”

“Dan Henderson? I know I’d definitely take care of him. Chael? I beat him the first time, but I’d make it even more unanimous in the second. Vitor? I was doing very well until I got caught with a head kick, so I’ve adjusted for that as well. I believe I could beat everyone that has beaten me up until now. They beat me on the night, so fair play to them, but I would love a rematch with any of those guys.?”

Indeed, Bisping has only lost to the best fighters the UFC had to offer, but many argue that he still lacks that signature win over a top-flight opponent. He recently beat Alan Belcher, but it’s debatable whether ‘The Talent’ could truly be considered top-level.

His knockout loss to Dan Henderson is widely considered one of, if not the best knockouts in MMA history. Henderson has seen a bit of a slide as of late, losing underwhelming split decisions to Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans in his last two.

He still plies his trade at 205, and Bisping hinted at a possible return to light heavyweight as he gets older.

But is Bisping just blowing smoke here, or could he truly avenge his losses to Henderson, Belfort, Sonnen, and Evans? I’d have to say they’d be close matches and good fights overall.

His window of getting a title shot at 185 could be closing fast, so perhaps he should make that his main focus for the time being.

  • We all know that Hendo would just H-Bomb him again, Vitor would use his head as a speed bag and Chael would put a ground and pound clinic on in a rematch. As much as I'd like to see him get "zombie arms" again, I think I'll pass on watching any of these fights.

  • jajajajajaj OK Bisping whaterver you say mate

  • He might beat Sonnen. I doubt he'd beat Hendo and in terms of Belfort, he can make all the adjustments he wants, it wouldn't help. Vitor is out of his league, talent wise.

    His mind should be on his next fight and the "next name to be added" to his list of fighters he wants re-matches with, because he is not going to beat Munoz. I believe Mark is going to crush Bisping. Mark's not just going to win this fight, he's going to end this fight and bounce MB further down the 185 ladder. I don't see it going any other way.

  • Blah blah blah….. why even post anything that Bisping says? It's all crap.

    Don't forget Rashad, Bisping, you lost to him too.

  • Bisping is a good fighter but he will never be the best in the division. He has had his chance and he has been spectacularly knocked out.

    None of the three guys would be interested in a rematch

  • Tom Watson .

  • Sonnen yes, Hendo yes, Belfort, not so sure on that the guy is something out of a Mr universe contest these days and throwing kicks like a 16 year old.

  • Great fighter and always underrated.

    He came so close to beating Sonnen (I actually had it for him) and if he really keeps a tight defense and a very high pace form the get go, I think he has a decent chance against Hendo and Vitor, two guys who can be outpointed but just need that one opening to finish and that is Bisping's problem, he gave that opening.

    A Bisping with better defense could beat nearly everyone in the division in my opinion, I just don't know if it will happen for him.