Michael Bisping Thinks He’ll Have Mark Munoz Curled Up In A Ball On The Floor

October is right around the corner and with it, UFC Fight Night 30 on the 26th from Manchester, England, and a main card event featuring Michael Bisping and Mark Munoz.

The middleweight clash will have title implications as the number four Bisping takes on the number five Munoz, in a struggle for one or the other to firmly establish themselves as a contender.

For his part, Munoz will probably come in as the favorite and most fans would probably pick “”The Filipino Wrecking Machine” to dominate Bisping with his tremendous wrestling and ground ‘n pound.

However, Bisping has another view of it.

By Bisping’s account, he views this as a match between Munoz and his wrestling, as pitted against Bisping and his superior technical skills.

Of his preparations, “The Count” says that they are going well, and that he’s in shape, strong, healthy and feeling very positive about the fight. Of course, on this issue no one should doubt, because Bisping is notorious for being in shape, being ready to go and for always believing in himself. These are things that no one can accuse the English fighter of not having.  

Bisping believes that Munoz will be looking to take the fight to the ground and will be hoping to avoid a technical stand-up fight. For this eventuality Bisping has readied himself by bringing in “good wrestlers”. However and regardless, Bisping has fared poorly against the wrestlers he has faced and will probably be looking to use his wrestling in reverse, in an effort to keep the fight standing; a fight that he could win.

As Bisping told “Givemesport.com”:

‘You could say it’s a striker vs. grappler matchup; he wants to take me down. He does have striking, he does have some powerful striking but it’s orthodox and limited, so on the feet I’m a much better striker with much better technique, but that doesn’t mean he’s not dangerous on the feet.’

As an overall strategy and the specifics of it, the Count appears to be of a mind that the longer the fight goes on the greater his chances of winning.

As Bisping put it:

“As the fight wears on I’ll start planting my feet more and look to hurt him and take him out. So, I think rounds two and three, once he’s worn out a little bit, that’s when I’ll probably take him out…I’m gonna hit him in the face a bunch of times. He’s gonna start getting more and more desperate, he’s gonna realise that he can’t take me down and he can’t hold me down. Is he going to get me down once or twice? Probably. I doubt that’s his entire game-plan, but will I pop right back on my feet? Yes I will…and every time I do it he’s gonna get disillusioned, he’s gonna lose heart, he’s gonna start getting desperate then I’m gonna start hurting him more and more with shots. He hasn’t got the best chin in the world, he’s gonna start feeling the pain, he’s gonna start feeling the pressure and in the end he’s gonna be curled up in a ball on the floor waiting for the referee to stop it.’

Without looking past Munoz, Bisping believes “a perfect world” would see him defeat the Wrecking Machine and then be given the chance to fight the winner of Weidman / Silva.

As Bisping summed it up:

‘I’d love a fight with Weidman. The UFC have told me that this fight has title implications. A good win over Munoz, if Weidman was to beat Silva again in the rematch there’s possibility of a match with Weidman, or maybe one of the top contenders.”

However that’s a tall order all the way round. If Bisping can beat Munoz, his choices would be the reigning division champion, Chris Weidman, the legendary Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort or Jacare Souza. To be blunt, there’s not an easy fight on the list. Each opponent is a killer and has exhibited the one thing that Bisping has never demonstrated, and that’s KO power; each also has very solid or formidable ground games. On paper, at least, many fans would have difficulty seeing the count winning a fight with any of those opponents.

That aside, his bout with Munoz is the task at hand and given that he’s fighting in his hometown of Manchester, Bisping feels that he has an edge.

In remarking on the hometown advantage and what the crowd brings to the table for him, Bisping remarked:  

‘It’s three years since I fought here (and) every time I’ve fought in the UK for the UFC I’ve won fight-of-the-night (3in total). I think that speaks for itself as for how much it mentally charges me…I walk out and the crowd are just absolutely ridiculous, they blow the roof off the arena. Obviously physically they can’t help me, but mentally it charges me and helps me give a great performance obviously, because I get fight-of-the-night every time I fight here.

For me, I see Munoz as one of the toughest fights Bisping has ever had. If he can somehow stop the Wrecking Machine, then he will impress a lot of fans. However, Bisping really needs to “stop” Munoz and not eke out another decision victory. If his ambitions are to take out the likes of Weidman, Silva, Belfort and Souza, he’s going to need more than a “points” style, because that won’t cut it with those four killers.

I wish Michael all the best in the bout, but Munoz is a beast, motivated, in shape and has some of the heaviest ground ‘n pound in the business, to defeat him is not going to be easy.  


19 Comments

  1. Avatar of IGMBurninPiff

    IGMBurninPiff

    September 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I doubt highly Bisping is going to K.O or TKO Munoz, I also don't see him winning the UD because that's mostly about who controlled the fight and Bisping I see as the better technical striker but Munoz as the far more dominant wrestler and he'll be able to use his wrestling and strength to win the war of control, or he could win by TKO via ground and pound.

  2. Avatar of thexperience1

    thexperience1

    September 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    No, just no….. Bisping is getting that good 'ol Donkey Kong !!

  3. Avatar of Kevin

    Kevin

    September 12, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Lay off the rocks Bisping

  4. Avatar of InfiniteEnigma

    InfiniteEnigma

    September 13, 2013 at 12:20 am

    …..seriously doubt it

  5. Avatar of Paulol

    Paulol

    September 13, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Dont get me wrong I want bisping to win because I think hes deserving of a title shot and I want to see more fellow brits fighting for a title. But when its a 3 round grind against a slick boxer with pillow hands and a wrestler, im afraid the wrestlers gonna win every time, until they at least sort the scoring system out on how important take downs actually are

    • Avatar of falcon4917

      falcon4917

      September 13, 2013 at 7:39 am

      "pillow hands", Munoz has freakin sledge hammers dude. If Munoz gets top control I would easily bet a TKO win.

    • Avatar of Brian Cox

      Brian Cox

      September 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      If there's a reason for Bisping to win, you stated it. He's been around a long time and for a guy who's done that, it would be a shame if he never got to fight for the title. Further, it would be nice to see a British champ. However, I don't know that Michael is the guy to do it.

      The fighters he has in front of him are a tough crew and short of a singular remarkable talent, which Michael really doesn't have, he's not great at any one thing, I don't see how he can defeat the guys ahead of him. Each one of them is great at at-least one or two things and solid everywhere else.

      If Bisping can muddle his way though what's now before him, I will be shocked. If he does, I'll also stand an applaud him.

      I like the guy. He's grown on me. I think the sport could use a few more of him, in terms of his personality. I just don't know how he's going to beat these guys.

      If Bisping could just develop some legitimate KO power, he'd have something. He touches guys on the chin all the time, but only marks them up. He's gotta step in there and go …boom. It's the thing he lacks. I wish he could he get it.

      • Avatar of odesahitman

        odesahitman

        September 14, 2013 at 5:58 am

        Brian,

        RE Bisping developing KO power.

        I'll take an alternative view/ position.

        Bispings statement that in the later rounds he will start planting his feet is very telling.

        I don't believe he is really sitting down or fully commiting to his shots, rather he is aware of the potential counter attack and prefers to exit and re-approach rather than sit inside the pocket and let rip.

        The problem I see for Bisping is that this style has taken him to this point, however to move any further forward he needs to let go of his style, plant his feet and see where his instinct takes him.

        I'm glad Bisping is working with a sports psychologist because he has shrunk when faced by the division killers… I believe that had more to do with the fear of being beat as opposed to the desire to give his all without considering defeat.

        On that note, I believe this is why fighters like Wanderlei have so much respect, they go into to fight and do maximum damage regardless of the personal cost.

        This mindset has roots in Budo, also in the philosophy of the stoics… I've used this to great effect myself (back in the day:)

        Anyhow, there's my two cents.

        • Avatar of Brian Cox

          Brian Cox

          September 15, 2013 at 10:11 pm

          I'd agree with that Odesa. A points fighter is an uncommitted fighter in terms of power.

          In terms of his head, I think one thing that might be going on in Bisping's mind is some vision of himself as more boxer than kick-boxer. Maybe he's seen one too many Ali fight videos and has that sort of image playing in his head.

          When I think of Michael in terms of offense, I really only think about his boxing, footwork, angles and head movement, that's it. He needs to really start bringing a kicking game to his fights; something authoritative; start mixing it up more.

          Regardless, I like Bisping. I think he's a good guy and good for the sport. If he beat Munoz, good for him. I'll raise my glass to him. However, I think he's going to have a lot of trouble with Mark.

          Cheers, Odesa.

    • Avatar of IGMBurninPiff

      IGMBurninPiff

      September 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      I would LOVE to watch Silva vs Bisping before they retire. So I hope somehow Bisping takes it and I know Silva will win his upcoming fight. I don't see anyway Bisping gets to the title shot though

  6. Avatar of poweroftwomen

    poweroftwomen

    September 13, 2013 at 7:23 am

    I hate to say it, but it looks like Bisping could get his shot at the title after all.
    He`ll have to dodge Vitor and Silva on the way through mind you.

  7. Avatar of falcon4917

    falcon4917

    September 13, 2013 at 7:41 am

    I think Munoz will win this fight by TKO. Yes Bisping has the better skilled striking but Munoz hits harder and more to the point he charges in and that really makes it difficult for the expert striker to show off any talent.

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