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Michael Bisping vs. Demian Maia to be Announced Wednesday

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There has been some buzz over the past few days that Michael Bisping would be matched up with Demian Maia at UFC on Fox in his next fight following the Brit's destruction of Jason Miller. Now it seems the pieces are falling into place for that to become a reality at the Chicago press conference on Wednesday.

First, just days ago, Dana White was hinting at Bisping getting a spot on the card (via ESPN):

...A collision, possibly with Demian Maia, is a "possibility" for the Fox card in January.

"UFC on Fox 2 will have three headliners, we just haven't announced the other one yet," White toldMMA Fighting, having already announced Rashad Evans v Phil Davis and Sonnen v Munoz.

He was then asked, 'Are you implying Bisping may be on that card as well?', to which White replied: "It's a possibility."

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Not the direction I was thinking for Bisping.

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I was really hoping he'd get tested vs a striker.

He said himself he's not ready for a title shot with Silva yet, so I figured he'd start facing more strikers to prepare.

I'm not sure how giving him another grappler will help him prepare in anyway for Silva.

I think he'll win this fight the same way he did against Miller, and I really don't have much interest in this fight at all.

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Mr. Maia would tool Bis-bing on the feet and bend him like a pretzel on the ground....I'm all for it

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I think this is a good fight for Bisping, Maia is a bigger name then Miller ( he does have a win over Sonnen) and I think Bisping would beat him up and win via a UD.

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Posted by Rabi

I think this is a good fight for Bisping, Maia is a bigger name then Miller ( he does have a win over Sonnen) and I think Bisping would beat him up and win via a UD.



prepare to be disappointed.

This is the man that sent Chael Sonnen flying through the air. I think he can get Bisping down.

I do have to say though, his grappling has really suffered since he started working on the stand-up. I'll probably go with a UD because his subs just aren't there any more.

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I did think this could be a possible matchup in another thread when we were thinking who could be next for him.

Maia needs to get back to working his ground game here though for sure. Bisping could probably just pepper his way to a decision, if Maia tries to just stand and trade with Bisping.

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IMO this is the UFC building Bispings reputation.

Maia is a much bigger name and Maia has had a title shot but this is a very winnable fight for Bisping. Maia has poor-average takedowns and Bisping has great takedown defense and should have a significant striking advantage.

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I'd rather see Bisping fight Belfort, Stann, or Belcher.

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Posted by RearNakedJoke

I'd rather see Bisping fight Belfort, Stann, or Belcher.



This.

On the other hand though Maia is one of my favourite fighters and watching him sub out Bisping would be awesome to watch.

Maia is a better version of Mayhem tbh. His striking isn't great (Leaps and bounds better than Miller though), his wrestling isn't great (Although he has more tools in that department as well) and his ground game is ridiculous (More so than Mayhem). This makes for an interesting fight and the easiest way to a title shot that Bisping is ever going to get. Will he actually win though? I don't think so.

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Posted by RearNakedJoke

I'd rather see Bisping fight Belfort, Stann, or Belcher.



Dana wants to sell Bisping for all he's worth, wins over Dan and Jason Miller, Maia and Akiyama that would solidify his biggest win streak to date, after this he'll probably have earned his rematch with Wanderlei, then he'll have either earned a title shot or a legit contender who could damage him

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I wish it were Bisping vs Belfort.

I get the feeling that the UFC is trying to sneak Bisping into title contention. He has avoided Marquardt (no longer with UFC), Belfort, Chael, Okami, Munoz, and Belcher thus far.

Glad to see he's getting Maia, but the Maia fight seems conveniently winnable for Bisping.


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Posted by Chael_Sonnen

Mr. Maia would tool Bis-bing on the feet and bend him like a pretzel on the ground....I'm all for it



I agree with the point you make if it goes to the ground then Maia has the skills to win but i honestly haven't seen anything in their previous fights to suggest to me Maia will tool Bisping on their feet.

I think Bisping wins by UD

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