UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture recently addressed Michael Bisping with U.K. newspaper The Sun, saying he came away from the Brit’s UFC 89 bash with Chris Leben impressed enough to believe that Bisping could one day challenge for the middleweight title.
“I really like him at 185 pounds, I think he looks really explosive,” Couture told The Sun.
“He looks great at that weight class. He was impressive in his last fight against Chris Leben, who’s not an easy guy to deal with.”
Couture was especially impressed with Bisping’s maturity in the Octagon. Despite Leben constantly moving in on him, and the ground going nuts, looking for a throwdown, Bisping didn’t bite. He remained calm and stuck to his counter attacking gameplan. It paid off in the end with unanimous decision victory.
Bisping now steps into a coaching roll on Season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV. He will lead a contingent of British lightweights and welterweights against their American counterparts, likely to be coached by the winner of Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson at UFC 93.