Bisping (23-5) feels he’s a better fighter than Belcher (18-7), and plans to prove that on April 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
“I never underestimate an opponent, but I truly believe I’m the better fighter. I’ve got the better skill set in all areas. I think I’m just a tougher person,” said Bisping during a recent edition of UFC Tonight on Fuel TV.
“If we were plucked off the street with no martial arts training I would bury this guy each and every time. I truly believe I’m going to win this fight. I’m still going to train accordingly. I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure I win the fight, but I’m in a different league and I need to prove it,” he added.
Bisping isn’t just looking for a win against Belcher at UFC 159, he’s looking to make a statement by knocking out the Roufusport trained fighter.
“A lot of people have been talking about how I haven’t knocked anyone out,” said Bisping. “So I’m going to try and do that.”
In his last fight, Bisping was defeated by Vitor Belfort by technical knockout and feels he needs to prove he is one of the best 185-pound fighters in the world.
“My last fight didn’t go to plan. I proclaimed to be one of the best in the world and obviously losing by a kick to the head in the second round, it doesn’t go hand in hand with being one of the best, so I’m going to go out there and get redemption for my last performance. I want to put a statement on it. I want to prove I’m one of the best in the middleweight division and to do that I have to take him out and take him out in style,” said Bisping.
The smack talk between Bisping and Belcher has heated up in recent weeks. Belcher offered up a bet involving tattoos. He said if British-born Bisping could knock him out in the first round that he would get the British flag tattooed on his chest. If Belcher defeats Bisping, Bisping would have to get inked with the same Johnny Cash tattoo that Belcher sports on his left arm.
Belcher later upped the ante with the help of professional football player and friend Wallace Gilberry, who offered up his Rolls Royce Phantom to Bisping if he is able to defeat Belcher. New, the car sells for upwards of $500,000.
Bisping responded to the wagers.
“He’s trying to generate hype for the fight. He’s trying to promote himself and I’m all for that. Good for him. He’s talked about a tattoo bet. He’s talked about, he sat in the back of a Rolls Royce Phantom acting like the big man because he’s got a rich friend and this and that. That’s not what I’m about, showing off. For me, I’m focusing on the fight,” said Bisping.
“How about this, I challenge you to a fight on April 27. The winner takes all the pride and glory. You take your tattoos, you take your phantom and stick them where the sun doesn’t shine. But I will see you April 27, and I will beat you and that’s all that matters to me.”