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CagePotato.com: Hey Chris. Thanks for talking with me. We’re a few weeks out from the fight. How is your preparation coming?

Really good, really well. It’s been long and intense and I’m kind of just getting to the point now where I’m ready to go fight and get this thing over with.

It seems like things really changed for you when you moved to Hawaii. What has that move done for you?

You know, it’s great. Moving to Hawaii is definitely the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. I had the opportunity to be the head coach at Icon and there are a whole bunch of guys out here training with me who are just great. But besides the gym and the wonderful people out here you have the weather and everything that is Hawaii. It’s been really conducive to my training.

I hear a lot of people say you’re much more mature these days, no longer such a wild guy in and out of the cage. What do you think prompted that transformation?

Losing (laughs). You know, I got away with being a brawler for a long time. And it’s hard to change things when they’re working. But when I fought Anderson I realized, I might be able to beat 95% of the guys out there, but I’ll never be a world champion fighting this way. So I had to go back and change a lot of things. That was one part of it.

And the other part was, you know, coaching. Now that I have a team of amateur guys fighting, it’s hard to tell them to do something if you’re not doing it yourself.


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Get your excuses in early.....

Post #2   9/29/08 3:49:44PM   

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I cant wait for this beating hes going to unleash.

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Posted by WrestlersAssassin

I cant wait for this beating hes going to unleash.



You are going to be SHOCKED. Bisping will KO Leben. Mark my words.

Post #4   9/29/08 4:31:32PM   

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Posted by Red-Dragon


Posted by WrestlersAssassin

I cant wait for this beating hes going to unleash.



You are going to be SHOCKED. Bisping will KO Leben. Mark my words.



Agreed.

******* WAR MIKEY BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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bisping will KO leben? really?

bisping hasnt had a KO in 4 years. His most recent KO was against epstein who has lost half of his fights by KO, and his other KO was against a no name with a 1-2 record.

Leben has NEVER been KOed. His chin has been tested by some of the best and the only person to ever come close to a KO is silva... and even he settled for the TKO.

Now you wanna compare records? yes bisping is 16-1 but how many wins does he have over a top10 opponent.... how many wins over a top 15 opponent? what about a top 20 opponent? top 25? darn... well... i guess i could argue hamill somewhere in there with his 4-2 record... but wait? wasnt that a really close match that even bispings hometown fans booed?

what about lebens record? well he does have 4 losses.. but... he's got wins over sakara, martin, santiago, fiorvanti, (current no1 contender) cote, swick, and dewees.... i guess that list is a little more respectable than charles mcarthy, elvis sinosic, and josh haynes.


I'm not here to argue talent, determination, physical gifts or otherwise... but pointing out that you should think the fight through before you walk into the bar and start betting your paycheque on leben getting KOed

Post #6   9/29/08 10:50:45PM   

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Posted by wapttn

bisping will KO leben? really?

bisping hasnt had a KO in 4 years. His most recent KO was against epstein who has lost half of his fights by KO, and his other KO was against a no name with a 1-2 record.

Leben has NEVER been KOed. His chin has been tested by some of the best and the only person to ever come close to a KO is silva... and even he settled for the TKO.

Now you wanna compare records? yes bisping is 16-1 but how many wins does he have over a top10 opponent.... how many wins over a top 15 opponent? what about a top 20 opponent? top 25? darn... well... i guess i could argue hamill somewhere in there with his 4-2 record... but wait? wasnt that a really close match that even bispings hometown fans booed?

what about lebens record? well he does have 4 losses.. but... he's got wins over sakara, martin, santiago, fiorvanti, (current no1 contender) cote, swick, and dewees.... i guess that list is a little more respectable than charles mcarthy, elvis sinosic, and josh haynes.


I'm not here to argue talent, determination, physical gifts or otherwise... but pointing out that you should think the fight through before you walk into the bar and start betting your paycheque on leben getting KOed



I agree. I made this exact same argument in another thread.

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Posted by wapttn

bisping will KO leben? really?

bisping hasnt had a KO in 4 years. His most recent KO was against epstein who has lost half of his fights by KO, and his other KO was against a no name with a 1-2 record.

Leben has NEVER been KOed. His chin has been tested by some of the best and the only person to ever come close to a KO is silva... and even he settled for the TKO.

Now you wanna compare records? yes bisping is 16-1 but how many wins does he have over a top10 opponent.... how many wins over a top 15 opponent? what about a top 20 opponent? top 25? darn... well... i guess i could argue hamill somewhere in there with his 4-2 record... but wait? wasnt that a really close match that even bispings hometown fans booed?

what about lebens record? well he does have 4 losses.. but... he's got wins over sakara, martin, santiago, fiorvanti, (current no1 contender) cote, swick, and dewees.... i guess that list is a little more respectable than charles mcarthy, elvis sinosic, and josh haynes.


I'm not here to argue talent, determination, physical gifts or otherwise... but pointing out that you should think the fight through before you walk into the bar and start betting your paycheque on leben getting KOed



The only thing I would add is a little john YEAH!!

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Posted by WrestlersAssassin

I cant wait for this beating hes going to unleash.



You are going to be SHOCKED. Bisping will KO Leben. Mark my words.



Markin' em' down as we speak.

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Posted by Red-Dragon


Posted by WrestlersAssassin

I cant wait for this beating hes going to unleash.



You are going to be SHOCKED. Bisping will KO Leben. Mark my words.



If by shocked you mean the unconscious look on bisbings face then yeah shocking is a good word. If mike wins its by gift decision or playing the machida card (i like machida no disrespect here)

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Posted by MMAcca

Get your excuses in early.....



he wasn't making excuses. he is saying that to win he has to finish bisping and not let it go to the judges, because well... we all know what happened in the hamill fight.

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Leben is going to knock Bisping stiff as a board.

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Posted by WrestlersAssassin


Posted by Red-Dragon


Posted by WrestlersAssassin

I cant wait for this beating hes going to unleash.



You are going to be SHOCKED. Bisping will KO Leben. Mark my words.



If by shocked you mean the unconscious look on bisbings face then yeah shocking is a good word. If mike wins its by gift decision or playing the machida card (i like machida no disrespect here)



Thankyou for your wise words young chosen one

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Posted by wapttn

bisping will KO leben? really?

bisping hasnt had a KO in 4 years. His most recent KO was against epstein who has lost half of his fights by KO, and his other KO was against a no name with a 1-2 record.

Leben has NEVER been KOed. His chin has been tested by some of the best and the only person to ever come close to a KO is silva... and even he settled for the TKO.

Now you wanna compare records? yes bisping is 16-1 but how many wins does he have over a top10 opponent.... how many wins over a top 15 opponent? what about a top 20 opponent? top 25? darn... well... i guess i could argue hamill somewhere in there with his 4-2 record... but wait? wasnt that a really close match that even bispings hometown fans booed?

what about lebens record? well he does have 4 losses.. but... he's got wins over sakara, martin, santiago, fiorvanti, (current no1 contender) cote, swick, and dewees.... i guess that list is a little more respectable than charles mcarthy, elvis sinosic, and josh haynes.


I'm not here to argue talent, determination, physical gifts or otherwise... but pointing out that you should think the fight through before you walk into the bar and start betting your paycheque on leben getting KOed



I agree with this bad ass post.....

Post #14   9/30/08 10:24:20PM   

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Posted by Ben_Hutch


Posted by WrestlersAssassin


Posted by Red-Dragon


Posted by WrestlersAssassin

I cant wait for this beating hes going to unleash.



You are going to be SHOCKED. Bisping will KO Leben. Mark my words.



If by shocked you mean the unconscious look on bisbings face then yeah shocking is a good word. If mike wins its by gift decision or playing the machida card (i like machida no disrespect here)



Thankyou for your wise words young chosen one



Horray Im young cus ben hooch says so, I suppose its illigal to hate bisbing in england so you cant have a mind of your own, sad really.

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