Pillow fists? What pillow fists?
Everyone's favorite old chap, Michael Bisping, has been saddled with the reputation that he couldn't bust a grape, even if he tried. He's got plenty of (technical) knockout victories and his striking is definitely a force to be reckoned with but when's the last time you saw him put someone out cold?
So headed into his fight against Bisping last night (Sat., Jan. 28, 2012) at UFC on Fox 2: "Evans vs. Davis" at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., Chael Sonnen didn't necessarily think he had to worry about the Brit's power.
But he was wrong. Way wrong.
That's what he said at the post-fight press conference, at least, when talking about what it was like to get hit by "The Count" during their three-round battle:
"I was surprised by everything. He hit me so hard I didn't know what round it was. I was never in a position where I was comfortable. I looked at him and thought, 'My God, you have no idea how hard you hit me.'"
Surely Bisping enjoyed hearing those complimentary words but hitting your opponent really hard and winning the fight are two entirely different things. The former is nice, the latter is what the sport is all about.
Of course, there are still questions regarding who exactly was the rightful winner of this fight. There are cries far and wide that Bisping should have been awarded the decision but the judges -- and the stats -- sided with Sonnen.
Moral victories be damned, a loss is a loss.
Still, Bisping can take solace in the fact that one of his opponents, and the one with the biggest mouth, is finally applauding his power and putting him over to the media and fans.
Anyone ready to change their mind about the British bad boy?
Get a more detailed recap of Sonnen vs. Bisping by clicking here. Watch the highlights of this bout by clicking here. And for complete UFC on FOX 2 results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night's action click here.