Originally written on MMA Manifesto  |  Last updated 11/19/14




Michael Bisping

Vitals

6'2" 185 lbs (Middleweight)
76" reach, Orthodox
February 28, 1979

Record

22-4 (UFC: 12-4)

Current Streak

1 straight loss 

Training

None

Championships Held

Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion: 2004, 2005 (four successful title defenses total)
The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner



Strengths

- very experienced
- extremely successful - only four loses over his eight year career
- hard to finish - only been finished once in his career
- great cardio
- very good kickboxer
- top 10 in most strikes landed in UFC history
- great striking defense
- dishes out far more than he receives
- finishes fights
- great footwork
- great at passing guard
- can get inside an opponent's head due to his trash talking


Weaknesses

- has lost every time he has faced a "step up" in competition
- getting old (for a fighter)
- hasn't been very active over past couple of years (only two fights/year, none since January 2012)
- very inaccurate striker
- mediocre in takedowns & takedown defense
- questionable coaching - never been part of a well respected fight team
- his trash talking can also work against him by motivating opponent
- no "one punch" knockout power - more of a volume striker


Synopsis

Despite being a big name in the UFC for six years now, and opening pining for a title shot, the fact of the matter is The Count has never been anything but a mid-level fighter.  To be the man, you have to beat the man, and Bisping hasn't proven that ability yet.



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