Michael “The Count” Bisping lessened the heartbreak for the Wolfslair Academy tonight by balancing teammate Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s loss to Rashad Evans with a unanimous decision win over Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Dan Miller.
The early going of the fight was fairly even, with all of the action taking place on the feet. It became clear as round two started however, that Bisping was settling into his rhythm and Miller began coming up short during the exchanges. Things started looking even worse for Miller as his first takedown attempt was easily shrugged off by “The Count.” The rest of the second round belonged to Bisping who stopped most of Miller’s offense and came back with some serious attacks of his own. Miller did manage to land a solid right hand at the bell, much like Wanderlei Silva did in his UFC 110 meeting with Bisping, although Miller failed to drop Bisping to the canvas. Miller came out firing in the last frame and even landed a takedown at one point. Bisping fired off enough offense to keep the round even and would not be held down long by the grappling standout’s lone takedown.
During his post-fight interview, Bisping expressed disappointment in his inability to put Miller away and although he landed some very impressive shots, did nothing in his performance to dissuade the idea that he does not possess knockout power. With the win, Bisping improves to 19-3 and puts himself back in the win column after his disappointing loss to Wanderlei Silva. He still needs to defeat a few more top middleweights before he can start clamoring for a title shot, but a win over the very tough Dan Miller is certainly a step in the right direction.
With the loss, Miller falls to 11-4 and is now on a three fight losing streak.