In case you haven’t heard MMA Fans, we have a NEW Main Event for UFC 199 on June 4th. Luke Rockhold vs Chris Weidman 2 is OFF. In a previous column of mine All American Under Pressure, I detailed my opinion on the rematch between Rockhold and Weidman, and how I believed entering that fight Weidman was under more pressure to win than any fighter entering a fight in 2016. Now that Weidman is out due to a dangerous neck injury (get well soon Weidman), we now have a new challenger. The Count answered the call.

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Photo: Getty Images

After 10 year’s in the world’s biggest MMA organization, Michael Bisping get’s his shot. For me, it’s a distant memory celebrating his highlight reel knockout┬áloss to Dan Henderson. I know what you’re thinking, you celebrated? Well yes, of course I did. If you watched The Ultimate Fighter:┬áTeam USA vs Team United Kingdom, you would come to hope that when Henderson vs Bisping took place, the fight would end in the exact fashion that it did. Bisping was in WWE terms, a “heel”. A character that was always the bad guy, enjoyed it, and he played it well. But with his loss to Dan Henderson 99 event’s ago at UFC 100, ” The Count” did one thing. Comeback.

That’s the narrative now especially in his career at age 37, getting his first UFC title shot means that Bisping has had some slip up’s, besides the Henderson loss. The slip up’s were too the likes of Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, Chael Sonnen, Tim Kennedy, and last but not least, Luke Rockhold back in November of 2014. So while the opponent is different for Rockhold, he still has the same advantage in his first title defense as the Middleweight Champion. Facing an opponent that he has already faced, and beat before.

But back to that list, does anybody notice not one, not two, but three known testosterone replacement therapy users that Bisping has fallen victim to throughout his career… Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, and Chael Sonnen. The Sonnen vs Bisping match was considered a number one contender fight at the time. Just as Bisping seemed to be on the upswing, sniffing at a title shot, Sonnen, Belfort, or Wanderlei were sure to kick him down a few notches. At the time we just thought that was an even playing field. Come to find out we were wrong.

This is a man that has shown integrity in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. His brash, brit personality made him a heel and whether he likes it or not, he is now the good guy. Wow I never thought I would say that.

So here we are, June 4th, live at The Forum, Rockhold vs Bisping 2. Does Bisping have a chance? I keep getting asked that question. Of course he does. ANY fighter has a chance, it’s a fight. Are the odds against him winning? Sure they are. Two week’s notice and having a 2nd round submission loss to Rockhold already. The chances look slim for Bisping and he has had many naysayers in the process of taking this fight on short notice. While everyone might think Bisping has a slim chance at wining, the only man that believes he can knockout Rockhold is Bisping himself, and I admire that. Michael Bisping did one thing that win, lose, or draw I tip my cap to him. The Count answered the phone.

 

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