"There's a great deal of respect. I feel that Mike is not only a good fighter, I feel he's a great fighter, everywhere. The one thing he is underestimating, obviously, is my ability to improve. I haven't been doing this as long as him or some of his peers. That means my learning curve and my ability to get better, quicker, is a little bit longer. I've improved, in a lot of ways, since the fight with our common opponent, Chael Sonnen. I've actually gone out to train with him, several times now, since our fight. A lot of the areas he feels he's stronger than me -- I think he'll be quite surprised. I feel like I'm the more devastating striker. I do not feel like he has the advantage there. I also feel like I'm the better wrestler, and he's going to be surprised when he tries to take this one to the mat."
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight contender Brian Stann thinks he's being underestimated by his upcoming opponent, Michael Bisping, who he will face at UFC 152 in Toronto, Ontario on Sept. 22, 2012. In recent interviews, "The Count" has stated that he believes he's a more technical striker than "The All-American" and is also more well-rounded on the ground. During an interview with AXS TV's "Inside MMA," Stann argued that people don't really know how good he is, based on the short amount of time he's been training in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). He's also spent some time training with their one common opponent, Chael Sonnen, working on the shortcomings that led to his loss, when the two went head-to-head at UFC 136 in Houston, Texas on Oct. 8, 2011. But, will a "longer learning curve" and sessions with "The American Gangster" be enough to help Stann topple Bisping, next weekend? Sound off!