Bisping’s world title plea

VICTORY: Michael Bisping
VICTORY: Michael Bisping

BRITISH middleweight Michael “The Count” Bisping has called on UFC chiefs to hook him up with a world title shot.

The Clitheroe MMA fighter put himself in contention for a showdown with champion Anderson Silva after out-boxing and out-wrestling former US Marine Brian Stann in a three-round contest in Toronto, Canada, at UFC 152.

Bisping claimed a unanimous decision victory following the battle in the Octagon against the former WEC light-heavyweight world champion, landing 97 strikes with head, body and legs, boasting a 78% ratio compared to Stann’s uneconomical strike rate of 53%.

His opponent’s only notable contribution arrived in the closing stages of the opening round, landing a ferocious right hand that rocked Bisping though he recovered by the end of the round.

But Bisping controlled the second and third stanzas, dominating with accurate, well-executed boxing and overpowering takedowns with all three cageside judges scoring the fight 29-28 in Bisping’s favour.

“Brian Stann – what a competitor,” declared Bisping.

“I’ve nothing but respect for that guy. He was tough and he hit me pretty hard as well.

“I just wanted to mix it up during the fight because I think I’ve got a more rounded skill set.”

Bisping, who boasts a phenomenal standing heart rate of 34 beats per minute, added: “I always try to push it to a fast pace.

“I was never a particularly gifted athlete, I just want this so bad because I train so hard. Nobody trains harder than me.

“I’m hungry and my desire to be world champion isn’t going away.

“The owners of the organisation – come and hook a brother up!”