by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
"The Count" Bisping debuted as a middleweight in impressive fashion
at UFC 83 with a TKO victory over Charles "Chainsaw" McCarthy.
Questions surrounded how Bisping would perform at 185 pounds, but he answered
those questions Saturday night.
fantastic. I felt sharp. I felt alive," Bisping said to MMAWeekly.com.
"Backstage, in the locker room, I just felt incredible. The energy was
flowing through me. I could have fought ten rounds. 185 is definitely my
played out nearly exactly the way he envisioned it. "I fought the way I
wanted to fight and I got the result. I’m a little bit annoyed that I ended up
on my back at one point because that wasn’t part of the plan, but all and all
I’m very happy."
There was a
lot of animosity between Bisping and McCarthy leading up to the eventual
showdown. The conflict began when McCarthy called into question the caliber of
the mutual dislike of each other and the pre-fight comments, Bisping stated,
"I think he made a mistake by saying those things. I’m the type of guy
that if you rattle my cage, I’m a lot harder to deal with. I’m a pretty
easy-going, calm guy, but if someone gets on my nerves I’m not someone you want
to mess around with really. He definitely made a big mistake by doing
"This win felt good for a few reasons. Number one, because of what he
said, and number two, I felt I wasn’t getting the respect I deserve from some
With UFC 83
behind him, Bisping expects to be back in action sooner rather than later.
"I want to fight as soon as possible, and I might be fighting pretty
soon," the Brit told MMAWeekly. "I’ll take a week off and let my
knees heal because I have a couple of bruises on them and get over my hangover
and then back in the gym."
MMAWeekly sources indicate that a highly rumored fight between Bisping and
Chris Leben is likely to be added to UFC 85 when the promotion returns to
London on June 7, the fight had not been signed at the time of publication.
fight does become a reality, it could possibly be tabbed as the headliner due
to the loss of the event’s original drawing card, Chuck Liddell. A torn
hamstring forced the former light heavyweight champion to withdraw from the event,
a first for Liddell.