Sherdog.com recently caught up with Michael
Bisping, who meets Denis Kang on
Nov. 14 at UFC 105. The bout, which will be one of the featured
attractions at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester,
England, will also be Bisping’s first since his knockout loss to
Henderson at UFC 100.
The often outspoken Brit discussed that defeat to Henderson, his
upcoming clash with Kang and more with Sherdog.com.
Sherdog.com: How is the preparation for your upcoming fight with
Kang progressing? Bisping: Obviously with the fight 10
weeks away we’re not full on yet, but I am in the gym every day
brushing up on my technique. Soon I'll sit down with my management
and discuss getting a few guys in. We'll start about eight weeks
Sherdog.com: Are there any areas in particular that you have
identified as beneficial for you in this fight? Bisping: To
be honest, he's a pretty complete fighter. Very good technique and
that’s what I wanted. Obviously, I was very disappointed by the
Henderson fight, and wanted a big win over a credible opponent,
Kang is definitely that. I have a few things up my sleeve
though, and we'll be working on them in the coming weeks. I will
win this fight.
Sherdog.com: About fighting in Manchester. It’s close to being
your hometown. Does that help as a fighter or add to the
pressure? Bisping: It’s a bit of both. It will definitely
help having a lot of people there who want you to win. It was
absolutely fantastic fighting there last time. Probably the
highlight of my career so far. On the other side though, there are
a lot of people there that you don't want to let down, but I
usually perform better under pressure.
Sherdog.com: On the last season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” you
became one of a select few to have been both a competitor and
coach. How difficult an experience is that show? Bisping:
It was a tough situation but also a means to an end. Now I'm a
fighter; if it wasn't for that show -- who knows? The travel and
the time away from your family comes with the territory. Back then
it was the first time I'd been away from my family for any length
of time, but now I'm used to it.
It’s all part of the sacrifice. You spend a lot of time away and in
hotels. It’s all about putting in the effort. I drive an hour to
the Wolfslair every day and then drive an hour back. Coaching was a
new experience, but I really enjoyed that aspect and was proud that
the boys did really well.
Sherdog.com: Do you think some of your actions on the show got
lost in translation between banter and arrogance? Bisping:
I don't take myself too seriously, I'm always trying to have a
laugh and take the piss. I don't think I'm arrogant, but if that is
how I appeared on the show, then that might be something that I
have to look at in the future.
Sherdog.com: Do you think the prolonged build up surrounding
your fight with Dan
Henderson affected your performance on the night?
Bisping: I don't. I have no excuses. Dan did a great job that night
and I didn't. My manager thinks that the “Ultimate Fighter” job was
a nightmare for me because it left so much time between fights, but
to be honest I don't think it made much difference.
Sherdog.com: What aspects would you change in a rematch?
Bisping: I'd keep my left hand up! [Laughs] No, I mean, like I
said, I had a good camp going in, but Dan just took me out. Credit
to the guy. I would love to have a rematch, but I have to earn the
right; I'll have to beat a few credible guys before then. At the
moment I have no right to a rematch. I would also like to rematch
Evans and Matt Hamill
at some point.
Sherdog.com: Last week, speaking to Sherdog.com, Dan Hardy said
he felt American fans were waiting for the British fighters to
fail. Would you agree with that? Bisping: I saw the
article and I agree in some respects. I think most MMA fans look
past nationality though, and I think there are many people who want
us to succeed, but of course you have those people who want us to
Sherdog.com: You made the move to light heavyweight directly
after the close decision loss to Rashad
Evans, who consequently went on to knock out both Chuck
Liddell and Forrest
Griffin in his next fights. Do you still have something to
offer at that weight? Bisping: Yeah, absolutely. I did a
few things wrong at the beginning, but I've learnt a lot more now
about things like diet and nutrition. I'm going to keep going at
middleweight, but down the line that is definitely something I
Sherdog.com: The web is abuzz at the moment with rumors
regarding your friend Quinton
Jackson playing Mr. T in the “A-Team” remake. Have you spoken
to him about it and is acting something that you are
considering? Bisping: I haven't spoken to him in a few
weeks now and it’s not really my place to comment, but I've got a
couple of things in the works. I'm working with a film script
that’s being made and we'll see what happens.
Bisping made a point to express his gratitude to all those who
have supported him. To find out more on “The Count,” check out