Michael Bisping Plans to Send Mayhem to the Hospital for His After Party

November 28, 2011
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UFC Fighter Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping

On paper, the match-up that headlines The Ultimate Fighter Finale between Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller pits a top ten middleweight who could potentially be in line for a title shot in the next year against a returning UFC fighter coming off of more than a year away from competing.

For all his popularity and fanfare, Miller isn’t considered one of the top ten elite middleweights in the sport right now, and Bisping is well aware of that.

Coming off his last win against Jorge Rivera, Bisping was hoping to get a top ten opponent and make his charge towards the UFC title in 2012, but The Ultimate Fighter came knocking instead.

“Far be it from me to question the UFC, that’s not what I’m about and I don’t do that. They tell me who I’m fighting and I fight and try to win. I want to fight for the title soon. I thought my next opponent after I beat Jorge Rivera, I thought my next opponent I want a big name, I want to be them, and I want to win and get a title shot,” Bisping said when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio.

“Obviously, The Ultimate Fighter came around and that threw a little spatter into the works. One, I ended up having a lot of time off, and two, I’m fighting Jason Miller. Is he the guy by beating him to I get a title shot? No, I don’t think so. He’s a veteran, he’s been around the sport, all the rest of it, but he’s not in the top ten and I don’t think he’s going to be.”

Bisping was originally supposed to coach opposite former title contender Chael Sonnen on the reality show, but Sonnen’s issues with athletic commissions forced him off TUF and Miller stepped in instead.

Either way, Bisping was happy to go back and coach another season of UFC hopefuls, and he had plenty of fun interacting with Miller along the way.

Now just days away from the fight, Bisping is more motivated than ever to dispatch of Miller when they meet in the cage. Not only did he have to deal with him for six weeks during the taping of the show, but Bisping has been paying attention to a lot of Miller’s interviews where he said that he would put the Brit away in the first round and finish the work that Dan Henderson started when they fought at UFC 100.

For all the talk, Bisping believes that Miller is legitimately underestimating him and that’s a mistake he’s very happy to capitalize on.

“He’s underestimating me, just like all opponents, the same run of events, the same things get said in every fight. ‘Oh Bisping he’s not good at this, he’s not good at that’ and they have a different opinion by the time they’re checking out of the hospital after the fight. Six of my last seven opponents, that’s where they went to the hospital, and Jason Miller’s going to be no different,” Bisping said.

“I hope he hasn’t booked an after party for after the fight cause if he does, he’s going to be spending it with a couple of nurses. I saw an interview he did recently where he said he’s going to knock me out and submit me in the first round. I’ve got to say I did laugh quite heartily when I read that. That’s what I said on the show when he said ‘I’m going to knock you out’, I said when have you knocked anyone out? When’s the last time I got submitted? Never. I’m looking forward to kicking his ass, can’t wait.”

On the flipside of that argument, while Bisping doesn’t think Miller should even be in the fight with him, he’s still trained like he’s competing for the belt.

Bisping knows that he’s the favorite going into the fight, so he has to go in there and prove it and the only way to do that is to beat Jason “Mayhem” Miller and leave no doubts when it’s over.

“I’m not underestimating Jason; I never do. He’s got some things I’ve got to be careful of, obviously the ground work, he’s going to want to take me down and submit me. I don’t think he’s going to be able to do that, but I’ve addressed that problem and I’ve trained very, very hard,” Bisping commented.

“But I’ll be honest the way I feel about it, I could have laid on my couch for six months eating pizza and got off my ass and kicked the (expletive) out of him. Unfortunately for him, I’ve just done a 10-week training camp as if I was facing Anderson Silva. This guy’s got nothing on me. I’m looking forward to proving it.”

Bisping will get the chance when he faces Miller in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter Finale this Saturday night in Las Vegas.

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  • Bisping is going to beat Miller.

    Then it will be interesting to see how he does do against a Top 10 opponent, where he has traditionally choked.

  • KBEsq

    I hate to hear it, and I hope it’s not true. I really want Mayhem to win this fight. I’ve grown to like the guy, and Bisping is just horrible. After seeing him on two TUF’s, I just can’t stand the guy. Miller seems like a loser D Bag at first, but he’s actually well spoken and a pretty cool guy.

    I think if he can’t crack the top ten (which I really hope he does), I think he needs to make a career out of coaching. He’s one of those guys like Nam Pham; they may not ever be top ten competitors, but if you listen to them coach, there’s no one better.

  • sb

    Ditto. I’ve had the chance to roll with Miller and he’s freaking hilarious and has some mad BJJ skills too. I’m pulling for him but nervous to boot.

  • Darren2112

    I cheer for whomever is fighting Bisping. That being said, Jason seems like a really cool guy and I hope he can make a career out of the UFC. Kind of like the middleweight version of Stephan Bonner.

    Good luck Mathem!!

  • afk

    Also agree. Jason is an excellent guy and a great fighter. He doesn’t have the recognition in North America that he does overseas but he’s very talented and hilarious to boot.

    I really think that if both guys come in 100% Jason still has a very high chance of submitting Bisping. I know he’s got great defensive grappling but I believe Miller is on an entirely new level when it comes to ground work against Bisping. I think that if Jason is in shape and can get around Bisping’s hands then there shouldn’t be too much of a story here.

    That being said, I really, really entirely dislike Michael Bisping’s personality. Good fighter, solid hands, terrible personality. He’s not funny in any traditionally witty sense, he’s just a loud baboon who runs in circles chanting the same insult at you like a 6th grader who’s bigger so he knows you can’t stop him and he wants all of the attention. It’s actually pretty sad to watch him on this season of TUF… I feel like the pranks have all been good, but Bisping has made himself look ignorant quite a few times, in defeat and victory.

  • bluebronco427

    And tonight, on this episode of Bully Beatdown……Bisping gets smashed! Go Mayhem!!

  • Well, Mr. Bisping, let’s see. Mayhem can be silly and entertaining, but he CAN kick ass! Maybe it will be Bisping hooked up to morphine drip. GO MAYHEM! Kick his ass!

  • kjs84

    Why are people nervous let alone doubting mayhem….? The only thing bisping has on Jason is that he has been away from fighting for a while. Other than that bisping really doesnt have much. Mayhem is not only better on the ground… But his muay Thai is pretty sick also. I have no doubts that mayhem will finish the cocky brit and shut him up for a while….

  • I really really want Jason to kick the shat outta the ego maniac big mouth Brit.
    Mayhem is a cool funny guy and an interesting fighter. Kick his ass Jason.

  • Astro Zombie

    ive stated this before but I like bisping for the fact when he gets pissed or amp, he talks so much and it’s just too funny because it really dont make a lot of sense but that’s what makes him different from everyone else and is why you all love him.

    I didn’t like miller at first but I still respected him for what he does but after a couple episodes he grew on ya(like a pet animal that your wife and kids get to surprise ya with and pi$$es ya off) but I like both fighters and always liked bisping since TuF. That being said and me liking both of em, I hope it’s a good fight. Something like a griffen vs bonner fight where you know it’s going to go the distance and be bloody at the same time and don’t know who won what round because they kept kicking each others a$$.