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Michael Bisping, knockout artist, is finishing sparring partners while training for Georges St-Pierre

UFC 199: Rockhold v Bisping 2 Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

When former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was knocking out sparring partners like Nate Tubbs and Leroy Seals in the late eighties, opponent Michael Spinks referred to “Iron Mike” as a “sick, insecure bully.”

What then, will Georges St-Pierre call Michael Bisping?

“Rush” is all set to throw hands with “The Count” in the UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, which takes place this Saturday night (Nov. 4, 2017) inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.

And Bisping is bringing his heavy hands.

“I’m ready. I’ve been knocking out sparring partners in the gym,” the middleweight champion told UFC Tonight. “Here’s the thing: GSP is going to try to take me down and cuddle me to death. And we all know I’m not a good cuddle.”

Maybe not, but he’s great at expectorating.

Bisping (30-7) has 16 wins by way of knockout/technical knockout, the most recent of which came in a first-round upset of Luke Rockhold at the UFC 199 PPV in June 2016.. St-Pierre (25-2), meanwhile, hasn’t finished a fight since BJ Penn threw in the towel in January 2009.

So ... who has Bisping by knockout?

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