UFC middleweight fighter Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping defeated Chris ‘The Crippler’ Leben back at UFC 89 and recently, Leben defeated Yoshihiro ‘Sexyama’ Akiyama at UFC 116. So shouldn’t Bisping easily defeat Akiyama at UFC 120 at the O2 arena in England?
Bisping doesn’t want to get caught up in all of that MMA math because he believes that styles make fights. Nonetheless, the British contender seems confident that he’ll be the better striker come October 16.
From Michael Bisping:
“It’s easy to get suckered into thinking that because Leben beat him and I beat Leben, I should be able to steamroll Akiyama, but it doesn’t work like that. Fighters match up differently and anything can happen on the night. Stylistically they’re both quite similar, and I beat Leben by just having a crisper, sharper striking style and being more technical. I want to finish Akiyama and I think I will because during this camp I’ve been knocking down lots of big guys – heavyweights. That never used to happen so it’s a sign that my boxing has come on a lot. Yeah, I want to knock out Akiyama. That’s what everyone wants to see and that’s what I’m aiming to do.”