Michael “The Count” Bisping (23-5) was a guest Tuesday on Fuel TV’s UFC Tonight and spoke with hosts Kenny Florian and Chael Sonnen about his upcoming match-up with fellow middleweight standout Alan Belcher (18-7) set to take place at UFC 159 in Atlantic City next month.
Both Bisping and Belcher are known for their well-rounded games. While Bisping has a higher win percentage via knockout, Belcher holds the edge in wins via submission.
Bisping has scored 14 of his 23 wins via (T)KO, 4 by submission and 5 by decision. Out of Belcher’s 18 wins, 9 have come by (T)KO, 7 by submission, and 2 by decision.
Despite Belcher’s significant number of wins via submission and his black belts in BJJ, judo and Hayastan grappling, Bisping would not admit the 28-year-old Arkansas native holds an advantage in any area. When asked if Belcher did anything better than him, Bisping replied:
“In all honesty, no. I never underestimate an opponent, but I truly believe I’m the better fighter. I think I’ve got a better skill set in all areas. I think I’m just a tougher person. 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 that.”
Here’s one Alan Belcher fan who was willing to put his money where his mouth is. Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry made a bet with Bisping that if he is able to knock Belcher out in the first round Gilberry will give him his $300,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom. But if Belcher knocks Bisping out in the first round Gilberry gets one of Bisping’s rides.
That’s a pretty sweet deal if Bisping is really as confident as he says. Would you take that bet if you were “The Count”?