SYDNEY AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 22: Michael Bisping talks to the media during an Open Workout ahead of UFC Sydney 127 at Star City on February 22 2011 in Sydney Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
Is Michael Bisping a choker?
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) top middleweight contender, Chris Weidman, who vaulted himself to the top of the 185-pound pecking order with a first-round shellacking of Mark Munoz at the UFC on FUEL TV 4 event earlier this month in San Jose, California, thinks "The Count" is a great fighter.
He just "questions his mentality against top guys when the pressure is on."
That's according to an "All American" interview with Fighters Only, where Weidman breaks down the outcome of Bisping's upcoming fight against Brian Stann at the UFC 152 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Sept. 22, 2012 in Toronto, while also analyzing the Brit's inability to get things done in a big spot.
Those comments, after the jump.
"It's an interesting fight and I think either Stann knocks him out or Bisping wins the decision. I know (Bisping) is good and talented and he has faced some good guys but every time he has faced a top ten guy he has lost. Like with the Chael Sonnen fight he did awesome and a lot of people thought he could have won but he didn’t find the way to win. And I am not knocking him - I think he’s a great fighter, I really do - but I question his mentality against top guys when the pressure is on. Which is pretty much what everyone says about him. He has had chances to fight for the title twice now and he doesn’t come through when the pressure is on."
Indeed, this could be "The Count's" last hurrah as a middleweight contender and if he fails against the hard-hitting Marine in Ontario, he can pretty much forget about wearing division gold in the foreseeable future.
Especially in the wake of high-profile losses to Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen.
Bisping has a scouting report of his own, and was blase about Weidman's win over "The Filipino Wrecking Machine," claiming that "a win over a fat Mark Munoz does not make you a contender" and his fight against Demian Maia last January was "putting him to sleep."
Sounds like neither man is impressed with the other and there might be only one way to settle this.
Who wants it?