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)
"Dana hadn't even finished saying Munoz was out before I was planning how to beat Sonnen in my head. I've accepted fights on short notice for the UFC throughout my career, but this one is a massive, massive chance for me, and I am very grateful to Dana, (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva and the UFC. I was already hugely grateful to be asked to fight on FOX, but to fight Chael on FOX ... well, there are hundreds of fighters who would kill for this opportunity, and I would have had to be a fool to turn it down. ... Next week, I'm ready to go all guns blazing. A fight is a fight, and at this level anything can happen, but all things being equal, Chael Sonnen cannot knock me out. He can't submit me, either. The worst that is going to happen is that he will outpoint me and, if I don't beat him, I didn't deserve a title shot against Anderson Silva anyway."
-- Michael Bisping writes in to Fox Sports on how he went from fighting Demian Maia in the opening contest at UFC on Fox 2 to moving up to the co-main event slot against Chael Sonnen in a number one contender bout for the middleweight title. With apologies to the injured Mark Munoz, "The Count" always felt he should have been in this spot, so it all works out in the end. Now the brash Brit has finally met his match when it comes to trash talk and despite the fact that the fight is just over one week away, expect these two to start dropping bombs on one another in the media before they do so inside the Octagon at the United Center on Jan. 28, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois. Whose moving on to fight Anderson Silva for the 185-pound strap later this year, Maniacs?