UFC 66: Michael Bisping vs. Eric Who?

Eric 'Ninja' Schafer

There are several fights on the UFC 66 card that I can't wait to watch.

Who am I kidding, the heavyweight match up between Anthony Perosh and Christian Wellisch sounds interesting right about now.

The first post-The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) appearance of Michael Bisping (11-0), however, is number two (okay, maybe three) on my list for December 30.

I love this guy.

Aside from an impressive victory over Rob MacDonald at UFC 62, as well as a recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, I don't know too much about his opponent, Eric Schafer (7-2-1).

So, I did a little digging and realized that aside from being a submission specialist, he's also a little, well, different.

Here's "Ravishing Red's" description of himself on MySpace:

I am a quasi-professional mixed martial arts fighter who studies Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I am not very good at it. I pretty much let the other guy hit me in the face until he gets tired, then I submit him. That is why I am so ugly and dumb. It was not always that way, once I was handsome and smart as a whip. I graduated from UW Oshkosh with a BS in Biology and Chemistry, ready to go to Medical School. Now I can barely figure out how to turn on this computer. Boy times have changed... I also suffer from General Anxiety Disorder, but I can usually cure that with a few glasses of booze. Not sure if my mother is proud, but boy is life great: people pay me dozens of dollars to beat people up, legally...

The Milwaukee native also lists Chuck Norris as one of his heroes, has "the same taste in music as a 38-year-old woman," and thinks that potato salad is "proof of god."

Interesting, indeed.

For Bisping, this will be his first fight in the Octagon since defeating Josh Haynes to capture the TUF 3 205-pound crown back in June. He also defeated Kristian Rothaermel and Ross Pointon to punch his ticket to the finals.

I'm curious to see if the lack of activity in the cage this year (he's only fight in 2006 was against Haynes) will have any affect on his fight game.

And, despite the quirkiness of Schafer, Bisping will definitely be facing a much more talented and dangerous opponent than he has in recent fights.

Here's a snip from Bisping on UFC.com:

"I am training hard and preparing for this fight with Eric, I respect him a lot as a fighter and to date he has a good reputation. I expect Eric to want a ground game and although I am known as a striker, I still train jiu-jitsu heavily. The American fans have made me one of their own and on the night I hope to deliver an exciting fight. Good luck Eric, but they didn't crown me the Ultimate Fighter for nothing."

Here's what Schafer had to say about the match up:

"Bisping is a badass who, like me, goes for the finish. Hopefully we can submit or knockout each other in the first round so we can go grab a beer."

Sounds like a perfect plan to me.

(Note: This light heavyweight showdown was originally scheduled for the TUF 4 Finale on November 11. "The Count" had visa issues getting out of London, however, and had to withdraw from the card. To read more click here.)

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