Michael Bisping Would Be ‘Delighted’ If Chael Sonnen Takes Him Down

There’s a pretty good chance that Chael Sonnen is going to put Michael Bisping on his back next weekend when they face off at UFC on FOX 2. While most would consider it to be one of the worst-case scenarios for Bisping, he actually welcomes it. As he told Fighters Only in a recent interview, he’d actually be “delighted” if Sonnen takes him down because he believes he can submit him from his back.

FO: Chael has been training to face a wrestler so he’s not tailored his camp to suit your style either, will that be an advantage to you?

“No because it simply means that his wrestling skills will be on point, I’m going to get the best Chael Sonnen possible I know that. But his jiu-jitsu wont be too slick. Chael Sonnen can take me down if he likes, because I know I can submit him off my back. I know I can. That’s his big weakness.

“I may not have a black belt, but I consider myself a black belt. I’ve been rolling with Jake Shields, Dean Lister and a wash of other world champions. Believe me, if Chael Sonnen takes me down he better be prepared to get submitted.”

FO: Is that the gameplan then, to submit Chael Sonnen?

“Working with these guys recently, these top level jiu-jitsu guys, has really brought on my game and I am so comfortable on my back right now. In the past I have stood fights up a lot but the way I am training right now, I will be delighted if Chael takes me down. If he does, then it will be a short night for him.”

There’s no question that Sonnen’s submission defense is his biggest weakness. A glance down his record shows that nearly every loss he’s had has come via submission. I don’t know if Bisping has the jiu-jitsu skills to submit Chael from bottom position, but he clearly has the confidence to do it which could make all the difference if that’s where the fight ends up.

What do you think? Can you see Michael Bisping winning via submission?

Image via Dave Mandel for Sherdog

  • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

    TThat was my thought that bispings best bet would be a sub,possibly am ARM bar or triangle but the one thing that gives me comfort is that it took Anderson 4.5 rounds to submit chael and I don’t see bisping surviving cardio wise past the 3rd,he looked pretty tired in the mayhem fight and we all know how that went,chaels takedowns will drain him,plus he’s not a black belt like Anderson

  • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

    TThat was my thought that bispings best bet would be a sub,possibly am ARM bar or triangle but the one thing that gives me comfort is that it took Anderson 4.5 rounds to submit chael and I don’t see bisping surviving cardio wise past the 3rd,he looked pretty tired in the mayhem fight and we all know how that went,chaels takedowns will drain him,plus he’s not a black belt like Anderson

  • i like sexy time

    Can anyone, anyone all please answer this. Why is Bisping a top 10 185lbs fighter im asking the question because i plane and simply do not know? Thanks

  • Matt Silliman

    This sounds like Bispings is trying to play head games with Sonnen.  I don’t think it will matter, Sonnen has only been submitted by high level BJJs in his career and he has spent his entire career in top position.  

    I like that fact the Bispings took this fight on short notice even though it’s such a tough fight stylistically. 

    I doubt Bispings is gonna pull of a submission and with Sonnen at a -380, it looks like vegas thinks Sonnen should win easily. 

  • Lanfear

    Man…at first when I heard this match up I felt bad for Bisping. I gave him zero chance to win. The more I think about it though, the more I’m liking putting some cash on Bisping. Mainly because he is one of my fav fighters, but also because I think he has what it takes to win. He has great hips, just look at the Dennis Kang fight. He has great cardio…he only got tired in the Mayhem fight because he made poor shot selections and wasted alot of energy not hurting Miller. Stand up wise…Bisping has speed and accuracy. Sonnen is tough for anyone on the feet (He beat Anderson in the first round on the feet before he took him down), but I could see Bisping outpointing and tiring him out a bit with stand up. Fuck it, I have convinced myself. 100 on Bisping for a win. Here we go!

    • Lanfear

      Also Bisping is very hungry. He wants to be counted among the best so badly. I hope one day he gets there.

    • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

      One thing you shouldn’t forget though is that bisping took this fight on short notice,which means he might have to cut a little more weight than usual which might affect his stamina,lucky for him its just a 3 rounder

      • c dizzle

        Why would he have to cut extra weight? He was already set to fight Maia on the same card… the only change is that he’s fighting a wrestler now instead of a jiu-jitsu black belt.

        • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

          Holly crap I forgot they were fighting on that card,oh well i guess he won’t have any excuses when he loses

  • joe_rogan

    Bisping via triangle hahaha

    • i like sexy time

      I ll go with that

  • Anonymous

    i hope bisping wins just so chael has the humiliation of losing to shitstring plus then we get to see andy destroy bisping its a win win for everyone watching

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