On 20 February, England’s Michael Bisping will face Wanderlei Silva at UFC 110, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s maiden incursion into Sydney, Australia. On his future opponent, Bisping is unafraid of controversy and compares Wand with Chris Leben, an opponent he beat in the past.
“I see a lot of similarities. I’m sure there’ll be a lot of enemies out there on the internet laughing and saying ‘Wanderlei is not the Leben’, and he’s not. Wanderlei is a great fighter and I have much respect for him. But in some ways they are very similar fighters,” said Bisping to MMAWeekly.
“Both come forward and are aggressive. I think they’re quite similar in that sense. I think Wanderlei is obviously a little faster, more aggressive, and probably a little better at it. He’s definitely going to provide a difficult challenge,” he adds.
However, if the Brazilian’s weapons are dangerous, Bisping has faith in what he is wielding.
“I have a lot of things he should be worried about. Contrary to popular belief, I hit and kick hard. I have good standup, takedowns and submissions. I’m strong in the clinch, I have a lot of experience and know how to win a fight. I definitely present some problems for him to think about it,” he concluded.