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Old 01-03-2013, 05:07 PM   #1
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Default Michael Bisping: On Alan Belcher, Tim Boetsch, and his spot in the rankings

Some words from one of MMA's most polarizing figures, Michael Bisping:

Happy New Year everyone, and hope you had a great holiday. I had a quiet Christmas, as you can imagine with me having a major fight on January 19, and trained every day except Christmas day.

Normally the kids get me out of bed at the crack of dawn Christmas Day Ė weíre talking 5:30 a.m. Ė and it is a nightmare. But they are getting a little older and this year they didnít get up until almost 9 a.m. I was very, very happy about that.

No doubt about it, 2013 is the biggest year of my career. Anderson Silva has confirmed heís going to be defending the UFC middleweight title heís held since 2006 this year, and while I know some fans will have their own views, Iím very happy the worldís best fighter will be fighting at 185 lbs. rather than in catchweight superfights for the time being.

UFC president Dana White has confirmed that if I beat Vitor Belfort in two weeks Ė which is a big ask Ė then I get the next shot at Silva. But, thatís the limit of how much I have thought about Anderson Silva. All this talk will be for nothing if I get caught by Vitor Belfort in Brazil on January 19.

Iíve been here before. At UFC 100 I needed to get by Dan Henderson to get a shot at Silva. It happened again a year ago on eight dayís notice when I was handed a dream opportunity to fight Chael Sonnen for the right to fight Silva. On both occasions, it didnít go my way. Iím to blame for that. I had the chance to take my title shot, and I didnít get it done. But I will get it done against Belfort.

Iím doing a few of these blogs, so without wanting anyone to think Iím not 100 percent focused on Belfort and that fight, and in the interest of keeping something fresh to talk about over the next four blogs, Iíll talk a little about UFC 155, which was a huge card for my division. I was there in person and the undercard was great, the last two fights were awesomeÖ and the middleweights let us down.

I felt sorry for Chris Leben, who didnít look himself and clearly was suffering from ring rust in his fight. I hope next time heís the Crippler of old. Fit and healthy, heís one of the most exciting guys in the UFC and the middleweight division is richer having Leben in it.

Obviously commiserations are in order for my former fellow top five contenders Alan Belcher and Tim Boetsch, who both came up short in big fight at UFC 155 on December 29. Belcher lost to Yushin Okami and Boetsch lost to Costa Philippou. I respect all my fellow fighters, and I know the agony of defeat, so heartfelt commiserations to both of these two fine, upstanding gentlemen.

Now Iíve got that obligatory fluffy stuff out of the way, Iíd like to say Iím looking forward to these two simpletons keeping their pie holes shut about me for a little while. Those two have been calling me out and talking **** for months, and I would have got some real enjoyment beating them in the Octagon but two no-marks took that glory.

Belcher lost every minute of every round in a fight so boring I was afraid my brain was going to melt and start to dribble out of my ears. It was like someone detonated a nuclear bomb of boredom in the arena Ė everyone in the seats around me was playing Angry Birds.

What delusions of grandeur Belcher has. This is a guy who didnít fight for a year after giving himself career-threatening eye-strain by watching too much internet porn, and he thinks heís godís gift to MMA. He even told UFC president Dana White that after he beat Okami, heíd fight me on January 19 if something happens to Belfort. This is a guy who got his **** kicked by two guys I smashed (Yoshihiro Akiyama and Jason Day) but he thinks he can not only beat me on a couple weeksí training, but also assumed he was getting passed Okami, who is not to be underestimated.

Anyway, now we donít have to listen to this guy anymore. Back to the undercard, sunshine!

That really leaves myself and Chris ďSick NoteĒ Weidman, a nice humble guy whoís got plenty to be humble about, at the top of the rankings. And as Chris retired last June, thereís no doubt Iím the No.1 contender to Anderson Silvaís world middleweight title.

Hit me up on Twitter @bisping, as ever, Hendo gifs are welcome.
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LOL...Hendo.gifs are welcome...Priceless...he has to hate Hendo from the bottom of the heart for that one...

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LOL...Hendo.gifs are welcome...Priceless...he has to hate Hendo from the bottom of the heart for that one...

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