Can Bisping bounce back?
Preview by Brady Crytzer
Questions will finally be answered when Michael Bisping steps into the cage against Denis Kang on November 14 in the co-main event of UFC 105 in Manchester.
After being knocked out by Dan Henderson in July, fans are anxious to see if The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner can bounce back. In his way is international superstar and 45 fight veteran Denis Kang. Now 1-1 in Octagon competition, Kang will be ready for anything when he steps into the M.E.N. Arena to face the toughest test of his UFC career. Join Fightnews as we take a look at this middleweight match up and attempt to answer questions that are on everyone’s mind.
Striking: The stand up contest in this middleweight match up will be about speed and volume versus power and technique. While Bisping has set new standards of pressure since dropping to the 185 lb. limit, he has proven to be sloppy and careless when it comes to a firefight. Kang, on the hand, has been criticized in the past for not being busy enough. Despite his tendency to sit back, Kang possesses some of the crispest punches in the division and accurate power that translates into badly hurt opponents. Bisping will most likely be the one stalking his prey, but it will be Kang that will be searching for the opening to land the big shot.
Although he has proven to have chin problems in the past, Bisping is very hard to stop and he will get the edge in this match based on sheer volume. If he is gunshy however Kang will be much obliged to fire away at the hometown hero.
Grappling: Bisping is a cardio machine and the grappling contest may very well be decided by Kang’s level of stamina. If all gastanks are created equal however it will be Bisping that gets the nod here. Kang is technically superior than The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner, but has yet to use superior position in the UFC to stop anyone. It is unlikely that Bisping will shoot for a takedown due to some added pressure to perform on the feet in front of his hometown fans. But, with that being said, should Bisping find himself on his back or in the top position, he will up the tempo with high energy grappling pressure and constantly throw barbs at his opponent.
Although Kang is the more technical grappler, Bisping has proven that every time he hits the mat it is an opportunity to finish with either strikes or submissions. Bisping gets the grappling edge.
How They Match Up: The signing of Denis Kang out of free agency had a lot of people talking in late 2008. However, after being submitted by Alan Belcher in his debut it became clear that Kang needed to work not on his skillset but on his stamina.
It is unclear which Bisping will step into the M.E.N Arena on Saturday night. Following a high profile KO loss to Dan Henderson, Bisping will need to come back stronger than ever to keep his UFC career alive.
While there are a lot of questions we don’t have answers to, we do know that “The Count” will be in top shape for this fight. Look for Bisping to push the pace of the fight and make Kang wilt under the pressure of fighting him in front of 20,000 hometown fans. Look for Bisping to gets the judges’ nod in a performance that welcomes him back to the top of the division.