UFC 152 is a little under a week away and the card features some dynamic fights for the fans. One bout that should be fireworks from start to finish is a middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Brian Stann. Both of these fighters possess fight ending abilities on the feet and they also have made strides in their grappling game. They both will be vying for a shot to be named the number one contender in the division and to challenge Anderson Silva for the middleweight title.
Bisping is coming into this bout with an overall record of 22-4. He is coming off a controversial loss to Chael Sonnen, a bout that many fans and Bisping himself thought he won. Regardless of the outcome, Bisping is still looking to move up the middleweight ladderand a win over Stann may grant him a title shot with Silva. Bisping has fought some of the best fighters in the UFC.
He has notable wins over Denis Kang, Dan Miller, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Jorge Rivera and Jason Miller. Bisping has some of the best kickboxing in the division and his grappling is also highly underrated. His wrestling defense has also made strides, which can be seen with his latest performance against Sonnen.
Stann comes into this fight sporting an overall record of 12-4. Stann has the potential to KO any fighter who stands across from him in the ring, which can be seen with his wins over Doug Marshall, Jorge Santiago, Alessio Sakara and Chris Leben. Stann gets a lot of attention for his service in the military. The trials and tribulations that he has faced in his life certainly makes him no stranger to mental fortitude. It is this fortitude and the willingness to die in the ring that makes him one of the toughest fighters in terms of mentality that the UFC has ever seen.
This match up should be interesting, especially if it remains standing. Bisping may want to keep a distance and pick apart Stann with his crisp jabs and combinations. He may also look to take this fight to the ground because he has the advantage in terms of grappling. For Stann, he wants to make this fight a brawl and look to land something big early on. His take down defense will also need to be up to speed in order to thwart Bisping’s grappling attack.
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