Is Michael Bisping Becoming a Fan Favorite?

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POLL: Is Michael Bisping Becoming a Fan Favorite?
Yes! 30% (17)
No! 54% (30)
Don King is a Fan Favorite! 16% (9)
grappler0000
9/23/12 4:55:55PM
For the past few years in the world of MMA heroes and villains, Michael Bisping has almost always been rated as public enemy No. 1.

The brash Brit never holds his tongue, doesn’t mind speaking out about any subject, and has no problem dropping a few expletives for an opponent or anyone really when the mood strikes him.

But something strange happened to Michael Bisping on his way to the stage for the UFC 152 weigh-ins on Friday – he received a loud ovation from the Toronto crowd and most of the noise came from cheers, not jeers.

Bisping has routinely soaked in the boos from fans in the past, and has even admittedly reveled in the moment when he gets to play the bad guy. Over the past few months however it appears Bisping might be turning a corner with the fans, who are starting to enjoy his personal brand of delivering pre-fight hype and exciting fights in the cage...

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Wallass
9/23/12 5:00:37PM
All I have to say is that I called him overrated for years but his last two fights have shut me up and although I may not cheer him that I no longer boo him and give him credit where credits due.
tcunningham
9/23/12 5:04:48PM
i dont think he's a fan fav, but he's definitely not as hated as he used to be. i used to hate bisping a lot, but then hendo KO'd his ass and reminded him that he's still human and it's time to grow up. now i dont really mind him and actually enjoy watching his fights and interviews. with that said, i still would have loved to see stann put him to sleep like hendo did. semper fi
Bubbles
9/23/12 5:12:46PM
Probably because Bisping wasn't fighting in the US of A against a 'Merican

seriously though, I fully expected to be the only one in my section cheering for Bisping
ghandikush
9/23/12 5:30:10PM
In the US people will always hate him.
FastKnockout
9/23/12 5:30:18PM
I'll never be a Bisping fan.


Can't wait for his title shot.
infestructure
9/23/12 5:44:07PM
'Murcans love to hate Brits, and vice versa, I have no idea why, you are both awesome.
People are coming around to Bisping because he's been hanging around longer than anyone thought he would. As Dave Chappelle would say -He says some real shit from time to time, and people forget he's a real dude with real problems.

I think he's recently taken a leaf out of Chael's book in that any publicity is good publicity, and its a lot easier to get publicity the dishonorable way, by abusing people verbally, starting shit, spitting and embracing the role of heel.

I did a bit of research (wiki) on Bisping,


Bisping was born in Cyprus in 1979, but moved to Bridlington, East Yorkshire, when he was a child. Taking an early interest in martial arts, Bisping began training in a traditional form of jiujitsu known as Yawara Ryu under Paul Lloyd Davies when he was 8 years old. In 1994, at the age of 15, Bisping competed as an amateur in England's first "no holds barred" competition, a precursor to modern MMA, called Knock Down Sport Budo (KSBO), organised by Davies. At the age of 18, Bisping decided to abandon his martial arts training in order "to pursue real life". But less than a year later Bisping began training kickboxing and karate on the advice of Allan Clarkin, owner of Black Knights Kickboxing, MMA, Combat Sambo, Burnley Gym, who saw potential in the young fighter. Bisping enjoyed a short, but successful kickboxing career, winning the North West Area title and later the Pro British light heavyweight kickboxing title. After again briefly quitting competition in 1998, Bisping returned to kickboxing to take the Pro British light heavyweight title for a second time. Soon after winning his second kickboxing title, Bisping was forced to abandon his full-time training for a "real job". Bisping worked in factories, slaughterhouses, as an upholsterer, a postman, a tiler, a plasterer, a double-glazing door salesman,production line operative making barbecues at Rectella in Clitheroe and also a relatively successful DJ around the north-west club scene.
tmas
9/23/12 5:51:54PM
i HATED bisping but he is starting to come around to me.
aussiemma
9/23/12 5:58:30PM
i even have to admit...although i will never be a fan, the past few weeks i have hated him less.

that's the best compliment i can give.
Budgellism
9/23/12 5:58:39PM
Simple answer, no.
Shawn91111
9/23/12 6:09:25PM

Posted by Budgellism

Simple answer, no.



Agreed
Chael_Sonnen
9/23/12 6:43:40PM
He MUST be.....if he wasn't, he would't be the official logo for the PG.
kopower
9/23/12 6:44:08PM
I don't think he's as hated. If he fights a person he respects, he's pretty good about keeping his mouth shut. I think he's just a really confident guy, that's not afraid to speak out about anything. One thing is for sure, he can certainly back up the talk. He's turning out to be a very good fighter.
Poor_Franklin
9/23/12 6:52:55PM

Posted by Wallass

All I have to say is that I called him overrated for years but his last two fights have shut me up and although I may not cheer him that I no longer boo him and give him credit where credits due.



thevoodooninja
9/23/12 7:44:49PM
i've liked him for a long time now. most fans would rip him apart (it would seem like) but i've said for a long time now that the guy knows how to win. i realise that its mostly against lesser opponents but what can he do if thats who dana and company matches him up with.
frizzzlecake
9/23/12 7:52:31PM
He's always been a favorite to me.
Favorite to watch get KO'd.

Goatenstein
9/23/12 8:55:58PM
I like him even less now that he's shown a willingness to LnP.
Afflicted
9/23/12 9:01:07PM
If anybody at the bar I was at was cheering for Bisping then they were doing it silently. I can't stand the guy, and I really wish Stann would have bum rushed him after he landed that shot towards the end of the 1st
jae_1833
9/23/12 9:37:08PM
Dude is a fan favorite for sure; of my wife, sisters and now even my daughter.....they don't ever hear him talk except for post fight interviews and they say is good looking. Now he isn't one of mine, but I have learned to expect and even sometimes enjoy him running his mouth.....but seriously WHEN in the hell is he going to finish a high ranking fighter!
emfleek
9/23/12 9:41:01PM
I like him simply because I enjoy watching everyone get butthurt when he talks or when his name is mentioned.
meier
9/23/12 9:44:18PM
Meh
bjj1605
9/23/12 11:43:42PM

Posted by kopower

I don't think he's as hated. If he fights a person he respects, he's pretty good about keeping his mouth shut. I think he's just a really confident guy, that's not afraid to speak out about anything. One thing is for sure, he can certainly back up the talk. He's turning out to be a very good fighter.



He made fun of Stann's military service in the lead up to this fight.....

Can't really get worse than that.


I have conflicted feeling about Bisping. Sometimes I think he is clever and a bit funny. Sometimes I just can't believe the stuff coming out of his mouth. Overall, I'm not a fan of his personality.

On the other hand, I think he gets a lot of undeserved hate from the hardcore fans and I think he is underrated by a lot of people.
BigBadAl
9/24/12 4:42:29AM
All I know is that every Bisping thread on here ends up a few pages long. Love him or hate him he get's people talking about him and like Sonnen and Kos he bring's in the £$'s

Dana mentioned the the fighters on TUF Smashes last week how Kos owns 2 Ferrari's and a plane!! Not bad going for someone who has never won a UFC title.
BigBadAl
9/24/12 4:46:11AM
Also, in answer to the question. Bisping will never be a fan favourite in the USA. Every other country, maybe. The are lot's of people in the UK who don't like him but I think the urge to see a UK champ is becoming stronger these days and right now he's our best chance.

Maybe Paul Sass will be too one day, but not right now.
moob
9/24/12 6:27:00AM
He gets a dispreportionate amount of flak considering he ain't the only fighter that smack talks - especially on here despite there supposedly being a rule about fighterbashing.

He's an amazing athlete who works as hard as any.

Have to admit, when he coached on TUF, some of his chat and behaviour made me cringe - it was really childish.

He looks to have learned to listen to his coach, the entire fight he circled away from Stann's power and was barely troubled by him bar getting caught once or twice. I did have him down to lose this one.

Dunno how many more contenders he needs to beat to finally get a shot - given some recent match-ups - Belfort being the most recent example.
Cooler
9/24/12 6:48:00AM

Posted by moob

Dunno how many more contenders he needs to beat to finally get a shot - given some recent match-ups - Belfort being the most recent example.



Bisping hasn't beaten any top 10, that's why.

At least Belfort beat the former champ Franklin to get a shot at Silva.

Another thing is, Bisping would get Hendo'd in the first round by Ando, so it's pointless.

P.S. would you honestly pick Bisping over Belfort? I'd bet the house on Vitor personally.
moob
9/24/12 6:58:52AM

Posted by Cooler


Posted by moob

Dunno how many more contenders he needs to beat to finally get a shot - given some recent match-ups - Belfort being the most recent example.



Bisping hasn't beaten any top 10, that's why.

At least Belfort beat the former champ Franklin to get a shot at Silva.

Another thing is, Bisping would get Hendo'd in the first round by Ando, so it's pointless.

P.S. would you honestly pick Bisping over Belfort? I'd bet the house on Vitor personally.


Yeah, keep hearing that top 10 argument,yawn.

Belfort was in relative obscurity until quite recently in case you've forgotten- christ he beat Rich in 2009, so that had nothing to do with him getting a shot.

Belfort is a light heavyweight so I've no idea where your going with that argument.

As another poster said elsewhere, everyone makes their predictions about x or y guy and what they'd do to Bisping yada yada, fact is he's been around in the top flight for a huge amount of time, has been a solid pro throughout discounting the trash talk - has always fought who was put in front of him - that's all he could do, perhaps the quality of his opponents wasn't that great but whose fault is that?
aussiemma
9/24/12 7:00:58AM

Posted by Cooler


Posted by moob

Dunno how many more contenders he needs to beat to finally get a shot - given some recent match-ups - Belfort being the most recent example.



Bisping hasn't beaten any top 10, that's why.

At least Belfort beat the former champ Franklin to get a shot at Silva.

Another thing is, Bisping would get Hendo'd in the first round by Ando, so it's pointless.

P.S. would you honestly pick Bisping over Belfort? I'd bet the house on Vitor personally.



like i've said many times before i dont like him but i respect him as a fighter. i even picked against him in an av bet but for the fantasy picks i went with bisping.

bisping's wrestling as of late has looked very good and when he warms up with his striking he does get some good shots of with little to no damage.

bisping is usually a slow starter and vitor is usually aggressive and quick off the mark so.....if vitor doesn't finish or hurt bisping badly in the first round then i can see bisping taking the decision...can't think of anyone who matches his cardio levels in the latter rounds.
bigrand826
9/24/12 7:43:21AM

Posted by moob


Posted by Cooler


Posted by moob

Dunno how many more contenders he needs to beat to finally get a shot - given some recent match-ups - Belfort being the most recent example.



Bisping hasn't beaten any top 10, that's why.

At least Belfort beat the former champ Franklin to get a shot at Silva.

Another thing is, Bisping would get Hendo'd in the first round by Ando, so it's pointless.

P.S. would you honestly pick Bisping over Belfort? I'd bet the house on Vitor personally.


Yeah, keep hearing that top 10 argument,yawn.

Belfort was in relative obscurity until quite recently in case you've forgotten- christ he beat Rich in 2009, so that had nothing to do with him getting a shot.

Belfort is a light heavyweight so I've no idea where your going with that argument.

As another poster said elsewhere, everyone makes their predictions about x or y guy and what they'd do to Bisping yada yada, fact is he's been around in the top flight for a huge amount of time, has been a solid pro throughout discounting the trash talk - has always fought who was put in front of him - that's all he could do, perhaps the quality of his opponents wasn't that great but whose fault is that?



Hmm. I'm confused with your points here.

You keep hearing the top 10 argument because it has been and still is true. He hasn't beaten a single top 10 MW yet, but he wants a title shot. Sure, he can only beat who is in front of him, but that's all anyone can do. Also, when he's gotten the opportunity to beat a top 10, he's failed to cash in. It isn't all on him as not many would have beaten Hendo or Chael, but to get a title shot, even at MW, I would still like him to get a top 10 win. He does have a lot of wins, but against guys outside of the top 15. This win over Stann is arguably his first top 15 win at MW. If he beats the Okami-Belcher winner or the Wediman-Boetsch winner, then he'll have earned a title shot. Depending on the circumstances, I wouldn't mind him getting a shot if he were to beat Belfort either.

Belfort was in obscurity? Not really, imo. Even though he hadn't beaten anyone of note for a while, he was still a popular and marketable fighter when he returned to the UFC. How did beating Franklin have nothing to do with him getting a shot? I don't think it should have earned him one since it was not at MW and was his only win since returning to the UFC, but it DID have something to do with getting him a title shot. Also, had he beaten Belcher, it wouldn't have been surprising if he would have gotten a fight with Anderson in Brazil. And just because his fight on Saturday was at LHW, it doesn't make him a LHW now. His fight with AJ was a scheduled MW fight. He was scheduled to fight Belcher (at MW) before he stepped up to fight Jones. If his next fight is at 205, then we can call him a LHW.
moob
9/24/12 8:24:53AM
Its all about opinion, and frequently the opinion is tainted by bias - it is my opinion that Stann is a top ten MW - that opinion is shared elsewhere on the mma web - http://www.mmaweekly.com/middleweight-division-185-pound-limit-mma-top-10

My points about Vitor were alluding to him fighting Rich 3 years ago, after a period of obscurity whereby he fought in lesser known organisations and lower quality opponents.I know he's a marketable fighter, he's great, and I've followed him since he was a heavyweight- but I don't feel he was due a shot at Jones - certainly not when you use the Bisping criterion being flexibly pinned to each and every reason why he seemingly doesn't deserve a shot.

Anyway, I'll cool it for a while before I cop another ban for sticking up for him, whilst everyone else batters into him ad nauseum.
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