|Summary:||Well-rounded, good conditioning, experienced|
|From:||Jonesboro, Arkansas USA|
|Fights Out Of:||Biloxi, Mississippi USA|
|Height:||6' 2" ( 187 cm )|
|Weight:||185 lb ( 84 kg )|
It was a night marked by jaw-dropping finishes and one championship performance. Order the UFC 159 replay on UFC.tv to see it all again from any camera angle you choose.Apr 27, 2013
Michael Bisping uses his striking to score a dominant decision win over Alan Belcher, despite an accidental eye poke late in the bout.Apr 27, 2013
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TRAINING: High intensity grappling, sparring with Ben Askren and my other partners. I sometimes hit the pads with Duke at night. When I was in Mississippi we were doing pads, drilling, and sparring on Mon, Wed, and Friday, and going to the strength coach on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I was in martial arts as a kid and I got lucky that I got involved with people who weren’t teaching just traditional boxing or karate. I was 15 when I first fought in amateur MMA, and around that time the sport was dying out so I focused on playing football, baseball, and basketball in high school, and baseball at junior college. Then the sport started taking off again and the baseball didn’t work out, so I started picking up MMA again. I fought in a few fights and then hooked up with Rich (Clementi) and moved to the coast to train with him and fight for him full-time.
What ranks and titles have you held? EFL light heavyweight champion, Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Helio Soneca.
Do you have any heroes? I’ve got a lot of respect for Rich Franklin. And one fighter I really like is Takanori Gomi. You can tell that his mind is nowhere except on what he needs to be doing. He’s trying for perfection the whole time.
What is your favorite technique? Whatever ends the fight.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s a lifetime dream.
• Has trained Muay Thai in Thailand.
• Nine of 10 UFC wins have come via TKO, KO, or submission
• Five wins by submission, 11 wins by TKO/KO
• Pro since 2004