British middleweight fighter Michael “The Count” Bisping could be one or two wins away from finally earning his long-desired title shot against 185 lbs. kingpin Anderson Silva.
Though few would wish to be placed across the cage from one of the most fearsome fighters on the planet, Bisping wants just that and he recently told ESPN.com that he thinks he has a pretty solid strategy on how to take “The Spider” out, even though he knows it won’t be an easy task.
“Anderson proves time and time again that he’s the No. 1 fighter in the world, and he took Belfort out in style,” said Bisping, referring to Silva’s spectacular UFC 126 front kick knockout over Vitor Belfort.
“The Count” postulated that Belfort made his mistake in trying to time Silva at range rather than forcing him to fight in a phone booth, that Silva is most vulnerable when his opponents allow him no space or time to establish his rhythm and begin landing his often fight-ending strikes.
“I think Belfort had the wrong gameplan. You have to get in Anderson’s face, not stand off and allow him to use his speed and his range like that. But still, it was an incredible finish,” Bisping asserted. “You have to get in his face. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy, we all saw what he did to Rich Franklin in the clinch. But I definitely think you have to push the pace and get him on his back foot.”
Before he gets a chance to test his theory against Silva, Bisping has to get past Jorge Rivera on the 26th of this month at UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch, which will be going down at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.