LONDON ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Michael Bisping of Great Britain celebrates victory against Yoshihiro Akiyama of Japan during their UFC middleweight bout at the O2 Arena on October 16 2010 in London England. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
"It seems like every time I beat an opponent, they have some excuse. Now they are saying, 'Oh Miller gassed and if he had a rematch and if he didn't gas maybe he'd beat me.' Which is absolutely nonsense, you know, the guy had the living hell beat out of him and that's why he was laid in a pool of blood at the end of the fight. You know Demian Maia, he fought for the title recently, he has been the number one contender, so this is, you know, a credible match-up. I'll beat him and then people will say, 'Oh, but Demian Maia he lost, he's whatever, he's just a jiu-jitsu guy.' That's what they will say, but you know, I have learned to have thick skin in this business. I have enough criticism thrown my way, so I don't really take any notice of it, as long as I keep winning fights that's all that's important, but Maia is going to be a better opponent and a tougher opponent. One of the main things is that he's a southpaw, so it's going to be tricky on the feet. Southpaws I find very annoying to prepare for. Obviously he is one of the best on the ground, he's very dangerous there. He comes from a strong Judo background, he tossed Chael Sonnen on his head and then tapped him out pretty easily, let's be honest."
Michael Bisping tells ChicagosMMA.com he's tired of hearing excuses for his opponents every time he gets a win inside the Octagon. "The Count," who is currently on a four-fight win streak, has fought and defeated some of the better middleweights in the division but he still feels he hasn't earned the respect he deserves. Bisping's three career losses have come to a who's who in MMA, including Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva and Rashad Evans. Though he boasts a 12-3 record with the UFC, Bisping says that everyone always finds a way to discredit his wins. Much has been made of Jason Miller's poor performance at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 Finale, while not enough credit has been thrown Bisping's way. The British banger looks to garner some respect by defeating submission guru Demian Maia at UFC on Fox 2 on Jan. 28, 2012, in Chicago, Ill., as the two will tangle for the right to contend for the middleweight title, though Bisping is certain the excuses will be waiting should he pull out the victory. What's your take, Maniacs?