Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Bisping at Middleweight?

In his latest blog for the Orange County Register, Carlos Arias wrote about his trip up to Big Bear, CA, where he spoke with UFC 205-lb. king Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and his trainer, Juanito Ibarra, as Rampage and company prepared for his September 8 UFC 75 fight with Dan Henderson.

But what really caught my attention was Ibarra's comments on popular UFC light heavyweight contender Michael Bisping, who'd been training up at Big Bear with Rampage. Ibarra spoke very highly of Bisping, who has a nine-fight UFC deal, to Arias and insinuated that Bisping might make a move from 205 lbs to 185 lbs. Bisping even confirmed that he feels he could make the the cut down to middleweight. Wow.

The addition of Bisping's strength, athleticism, and charisma would be a real boost for the UFC middleweight class, and it would immediately create a number of mouth-watering match-ups: Bisping vs. Anderson Silva, Rich Franklin, Yushin Okami, Nate Marquardt, and even Kendall Grove (who's a friend of Bisping).

As far as I know, no timeline for Bisping's drop to 185 has been publicized, but I'll be following this carefully.

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