Michael Bisping joined Daniel Cormier earlier this week on “UFC Tonight” to discuss tonight’s main event between Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 82.
The bout will be a key one in the welterweight division, as Hendricks tries to get back the belt he once wore.
Bisping on Stephen Thompson’s keys to victory vs. Johny Hendricks
“Key number one is to use the range. If he hasn’t got the range, he can’t use the space to throw his kicks. He has to use his footwork to keep moving so Johny can’t shoot. It’s hard to shoot on a moving target. And finally, he has to stop the takedown and keep the fight on the feet.”
Cormier on Hendricks’ keys to victory against Thompson
“At the end of the day, what makes Big Rig Big Rig is his wrestling. His first key is he needs to close the distance to get takedowns and hit guys with the big left hand. Second, he needs to throw combinations. Finally, he needs to make it easy and take him down like he did against Matt Brown.”
Bisping on who wins between Hendricks vs. Thompson
“This is a decision victory for Hendricks. For Hendricks, the safest route to victory is his wrestling. He’ll take Thompson down and grind it out.”