UFC News: Michael Bisping Dropping To Middleweight

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The UFC has announced on their website, that UFC light heavyweight contender Michael Bisping will be dropping down to middleweight. Here’s what Bisping had to say:

“Even though I’ve never fought at middleweight, I’ve gone back and forth with the decision to go down pretty much my whole career,” Bisping said. “Even from my very first pro fight (April 2004), people were telling me that I was a little too small for the light heavies. But I kept winning and, at least before I stepped up to the UFC, I was winning easily so I didn’t really take much notice.”

While Bisping is more suited for the middleweight division, it’s not going to be an easy road to the top. The UFC middleweight division lacks fighter, but the ones it does have are first class. Bisping will have to take on the likes of Anderson Silva, Rich Franklin, Yushin Okami and Dan Henderson, all of which would probably beat Bisping 9 out of 10 times.


  1. roy

    December 14, 2007 at 10:15 am

    he won't beat henderson franklin or anderson but there is some other good match ups for him there.

  2. Dan

    December 14, 2007 at 10:21 am

    Ok hendo and silva maybe not but franklin heed have a fighting chance.

  3. tom

    December 14, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Franklin look beat Mike up. hands down.. i would like to see Micheal vs Ed Or Kyndal cuz they both r from the same TUF show and they both made it in the ufc.. i think Micheal would beat them both

  4. derek

    December 14, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    rich franklin looked inferior to anderson silva, but that's because silva is franklin's kryptonite. franklin is pretty good. henderson and silva are still in their own class though.

  5. steve

    December 14, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    yeah I fell that Franklin needs to leave the UFC or switch divsions because he cant beat Hendo or Anderson if he fought them both 10 times. They are elite and he is just above average. He isnt great in any aspect of MMA. Striking good not great just like his Subs and wrestling and takedowns and sub def. everything is good not great. Thats why he isnt great. I really dont know what he will do. One of the fighters that are stuck in a hard place. He would do great in a different organization like Elite XC. He would be a huge pick up for them when his contract ends which is iono. But when it does I would like to se that happen.Or have him go to M-1. Give Fedors new org a better roster. More depth blah blah blah. Besides they are going to try and be like pride but it is gonna be like 3 orgs. into one show basically. Its a good idea. I miss the good pride fights that made crocop and fedor nogueria and all the pride fighters so popular. Wanderlei Silva is a beast. I hope he can get back to his winning ways starting with Chuck.

  6. Morey

    December 14, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    The Middleweight division needs somebody else in the mix to shake it up. I think its a good decision by Bisping to drop down.

  7. derek

    December 15, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    we all know bisping dropped to middleweight to duck a rematch with matt hamill!! bisping def lost that fight. anyway, on a diff note, i wonder what is going on with cro crop. i actually wanted to see cro cop come back against brock lesnar. that would be a great fight. but then, looks like mir would be lesnar's next victim.

  8. dane drebin

    December 16, 2007 at 7:06 am

    i think lesnar would take down and keep cro cop there… it would be a bad matchup for mirko…. i like the idea of bisping dropping down while i dont think he will be number 1 anytime soon i think he could be top 5 and he will never be near the top 5 in 205. i think thats an interesting take on him dropping down is that he's ducking hamill which verywell could be true hahaha. franklins not gunna leave the ufc. and people who say he is just good are stupid he has lost only to anderson in the ufc… who has faced anderson and not lost in the ufc? he's a great fighter give him his respect. he wont go to a shitty organization to look good thats not his style… and he would smash bisping lets be honest

  9. steve

    December 16, 2007 at 9:37 am

    While were being honest Anderson and Henderson are great right? YES. Will Franklin ever be able to beat either of them? HELL NO. So therefore Rich Franklin is not Great. Its common sense. To be Great u have to be able to beat ppl that are great. Rich Franklin just cant beat great fighters. So I guess ppl who think he is great is stupid. I lol to anyone who thinks he is great. I consider great as saying he is elite. Why wouldnt he leave the UFC? It makes sense b/c he cant beat the champ and he cant go to a differnt weight class and get the belt so what is he gonna accomplish?? Nothing. He will get more wins over mediocre fighters like Jason MacDonmald and Nate Quarry but he will not beat a great fighter.

  10. steve

    December 16, 2007 at 9:37 am

    Jason MacDonald**

  11. dane drebin

    December 16, 2007 at 10:09 am

    your an idiot how is being number three after anderson and hendo not being elite? thats like saying since rampage lost to silva twice hes not a great fighter hes just good… or since lidell lost to rampage twice hes just a good figher now right? show some respect to a former champion. before anderson silva came and knocked him off he was on a tear through the division… the crow was ranked number 3 before franklin smashed him… and evan tanner was ranked one of the best in that weight class and rich took his title, he also beat shamrock more convincingly than ortiz… silvas a bad matchup for anyone. rich is too good for elite xc and hes too good for m1. jason mdonald is a good fighter, rich franklin makes him look bad, rich will alway be remembered as one of the greats and losing twice to arguably the best fighter pound for pound in the world today will not change that.

  12. JOE

    December 16, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    I'm not one to get involved when there's name calling going on ;)

    However, I disagree with your logic Steve. Just because Rich Franklin can't beat the current champ (because styles make fights) doesn't mean he's not "great" or not "elite." By that "common sense" you speak of, everyone in every division who is not the current champ is not great. Is GSP not elite? Is Hughes not great? Come on man. I think you're being a bit too critical. I mean really, was that your opinion before Franklin was beat by Anderson? While Franklin was the UFC Champ, the rest of the world considered Franklin one of the best while Steve was off in his own little corner thinking Franklin is just mediocre? I think not.

  13. JOE

    December 16, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    Now as for Bisping. It's a good change for him. Albeit, I don't think he'll be successfull with the top 5 at MW.

  14. tom

    December 17, 2007 at 3:43 am

    yeah man franklin is great…he was on top for the lost time in the ufc and he is still way better then them all but 2 guy i think can beat franklin in mwd.micheal bisping could be in the top i think 5.. he going to be strong at 185 and he will maybe be taller then most of them and he has good strikes and now he is going to have more speed and more knock out power because they guys r going to be small so they r easyer to knock out

  15. kom34

    December 17, 2007 at 5:05 am

    Yeah, I can see Bisping in the top 5. Franklin is a solid #2 in my opinion. Just goes to show how dominant Anderson Silva is right now. Everyone seems to think Henderson is going to wipe the floor with him. And anything can happen. But if Anderson Silva wins that fight, then the same people will be calling him the best P4P fighter in the world the next day on forums.

  16. roy

    December 17, 2007 at 7:51 am

    franklin is still a bad ass he will beat anyone in that divsion except anderson and maybe henderson. i think henderson would beat him but they would have to fight to be sure.maybe if franklin trained with someone else he could come back in a year after beating all the top middle weights and try anderson again.

  17. dane drebin

    December 17, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    ya i think franklin would be a lot better off with a change in training partners… he should go train with tito and hamill and work on his wrestling

  18. dane drebin

    December 17, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    ya i think franklin would be a lot better off with a change in training partners… he should go train with tito and hamill and work on his wrestling and he could help tito and hamill with their striking. tito and franklin would push the hell out of eachother they are both cardio freaks

  19. DanP

    December 19, 2007 at 1:16 am

    I am surprised there is so much Franklin Worship going on here… I respect the guy! But,.. after watching his second defeat to Silva he went down in my estimations. Before the arrrival of Anderson Silva the MWD was not as strong as other UFC divisions.. so to an extent Franklin was kicking at lot of Mediorce Ass (I say Mediocre in relation to top guys i.e Wanderlei, Couture etc)

    so,… I reckon Dan Henderson would Destroy Franklin – He's a MUCH better wretler, has a stronger chin, and heavier hands…and has fought higher pedigree of apponements in Pride fot Years!

    Also,… Why do people constantly underestimate Bisping. Bisping was disapointing in the fight against Hamill Yes,… He was afraid of the take downs and did not trade on his feet much. It was a bad match up for Bisping and a crap fight… Much the same against Evans – but when you watch the Evans show reel you see him dominate a lot of fighters – He did not dominate Bisping… Bisping is a much better Fighter than he is given credit for. I think he will be at No. 3 at MW – Henderson & Anderson Silva will dominate for a while to come.

    But… I reckon Bisping will take Franklin, Nate the great, Lutter etc.

    I would like to see Bisping take this route to a title shot!

    1. Alan Belcher

    2. Patrick Cote

    3. Chris LebenKendal Grove

    4. Kendal Grove

    5. Henderson or Anderson for the Title

    Take it Easy – Bring on CHUCK v WANDI! Been waiting on that your years!!!

  20. Kash

    December 19, 2007 at 1:30 am

    I know Bisping is tough and his hands are very good but I cant put him ahead of Franklin right now. Yeah, Anderson and Henderson are at the top, then Franklin, then the rest right now IMO.

  21. tom

    December 19, 2007 at 2:33 am

    franklin would beat bisping.. but i do think chris and disping would be a badass fight and i think he should fight kendal cuz they were on the same show and then bisping could say he was the TUF win in Middle weight and in Light heavy that would be badass

  22. derek

    December 19, 2007 at 2:52 am

    i hope franklin doesn't show up as a contestant on the Ultimate Fighter, just like serra. that would be really sad.

  23. steve

    December 19, 2007 at 3:18 am

    LMAO THe UFC's weakest division by far is the Middleweight Division. U dont even know who the winner of Anderson vs Henderson could fight. Franklin like DanP said fights a lot of mediocre fighters. Dane Drebin go check em out they r not good fighters!! they r mediocre. That is a fighter that is not that good. WHat happened to The crow when he left the UFC huh? He lost to a guy named joey villasenor. He isnt in the UFC. but he was #3 before Rich beat him up. That shows the weakness in middleweight. It is a horrible example with Rampage.LOL Rampage has beaten great fighters. Who has rich beat that is categorized as great?? His toughest opponent he has ever faced is probally Yushin Okami.=not elite. Elite fighters can beat elite fighters plain and simple. Rich has proven he cannot. He would get smashed by Dan Henderson. It wouldnt even be close. Rich had his moment when he capitalized off a weak 185 lb div. Now it has some great fighters in it and he is shit out of luck. Ohh and Chuck would knock rich out in the 1st rd. shit thats why Rich fights at 185. He cant compete with 205 lb. division. Rich will not always be remembered as one of the greats!!! Wanderlei and Chuck And Randy and CroCop and Fedor ANd Henderson and Anderson are greats. Along with many others. Just not Rich Franklin.

  24. dane drebin

    December 19, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    say what u want i think rich would knock bisping the fuck out… DanP i think its funny u say rich has faught all mediocre guys but oh man bisping he's somethin special right cuz he could go three rounds with rashad the wrestler whos only knock out that comes to mind was against sean salmon… whos sean salmon? who the fuck is bisping? elvis sinosic an austalian with more loses almost than wins almost knocked him the fuck out… matt hamill man handled him and won that fight. he is by far the weakest TUF winner ever. if he didnt fight that blue haired mohawk dude who was fightin up a weight class in the final thanks to a bye from hamill gettin hurt u wouldnt even know bisping right now. i hope he fights evan tanner in evans first fight back and tanner ground and pounds him into submition in early round three to show u just how far he is from that championship. he will never touch it i could name a lot of people in that division who could beat him off the top of my head: Hendo, anderson, franklin, okami, filho (if he got it to the ground), lutter, lindland, tanner, and i even think that mcdonald or leben it would be a toss up between either of them and bisping to be honest. franklins young and just needs to get into a better camp and i think he will improve a lot. he's got a great record and while i dont think he's gunna be champ anytime soon with hendo or anderson around he still is a former champion, a guy with great sportsmanship, and a knockout artist that wont be forgotten anytime soon after he retires. and hes the next in line as far as rankings go after hendo and anderson… bein number 3 in a ufc weight division aint half bad in my book, rich franklins elite until someon else in the 185 division steps up and beats him other than silva… and personally i dont think bisping the britt boywonder is gunna be the man to do it. he will get shut down a lot farther down the line before he gets to rich.

  25. Joe

    December 19, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    Jeez DanP, I don't get it. To sit here and say things like Franklin kicked a lot of "mediocre ass." Then in the same breath, claim you think Bisping of all people would take him, and that he's underestimated blah, blah, blah. The fact is, you may not consider Franklin elite, or the competion he's faught, but let's do a comparison between Franklin and Bisping. Franklin has wins over Loiseau, Okami, Tanner (twice), Macdonald, , Quarry, Shamrock. Those fighters may not fit into "your" idea of "elite names", but by comparison, what names has Bisping fought? Every fighter he has wins over pales by comparison. Bisping #3??? Are you kidding?? I don't think Bisping would get past Leben. In fact, I think Leben would kick his ass.

  26. DanP

    December 20, 2007 at 12:04 am

    Joe, you make some fair points. What I am saying is that Franklin is a known quantity… he is very good but not Great. I think in time Bisping will prove himself to be very good also… and I think he could beat Franklin! (Bisping will have to earn respect by beating these top level fighters… I think he will do)

    You make a comment about my idea of who the 'elite fighters' are… After years of watching Pride FC & UFC… I think I have a pretty good idea…

    I thought I made it clear what I meant by Top guys… Nate Quarry etc are not the best in the world… they were decent fighters the the UFC had in the MW division at the time…

    This stuff is all about opinions… I think Bisping has the skill set to beat Leben, Grove etc… you don't… In time one of us will be proved right!

  27. Joe

    December 20, 2007 at 1:31 am

    Yes, one of us will be proved right. After years of following MMA myself, I think you don't have a very good idea. I think you lack sufficient grounds to base your opinions. It's easy to go around stating what seems to be the obvious.

    When Franklin was the champ, were you going around telling people he was "mediocre" or "not great"? I doubt it. Like so many other people, the minute someone looses a couple fights or is not the current champ, someone says they're either washed up, not elite, not great, a can, etc…

    Franklin IS a great fighter, and in my opinion he would mop the cage with Bisping along with many other MW fighters. In fact, I can't wait to see that fight, because I'll be the first one back here rubbing it in.

    Let me ask you something. Do you think Anderson Silva is elite? Do you think he's overrated? Since styles make fights, you do know, eventually someone is going to come along and beat him. When that happens are you going to start telling people he was only good "at the time for the division?" Are you going to tell people he was overrated? You know, since styles make fights, it's entirly possible that the person who beats Anderson Silva may then get beat by Rich Franklin. If that's the case, will Franklin then be on your list of elite fighters?

  28. steve

    December 20, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    well u know Dan Henderson and Wanderlei silva were the pride middlewight champ at one time. Something that Anderson could not do. But yes anderson is a great stand up fighter. I think he is lacking on the ground game. But he is so good at striking and even transitioning on the ground. That is why he is great. But he wasnt top #3 in Pride ever. But I think he is great. Rich would have got destroyed in Pride. Would not have had a chance. He would have been KO'd. Pride = less rules and more of an actual fight. Rich would beat Bisping up but Bisping isnt very good. Hamill is a wrestler who beat the shit out of him for about 11minutes when he fought bisping. Stand up and ground and pound. I know he is built for middleweight but the only reason he is moving to middleweight is cuz he cant make it in the 205 lb. Div. Rashad Evans is way overrated by the UFC. I think they are trying to get more blacks to be stars so they can get more black fans into the sport.I think Tito beat Rashad!!! They need to do something about the cage. It is just stupid to have something that is going to tempt u that much. In Pride if u grab the rope they slap and pull ur hand off it. Not take a point away. 1 point is too much to take away in a 3 or even a 5 rd. fight. They need to spend money and find a new thing like plexy glass that doesnt stick to skin. That would be a good idea!!!Right??

  29. derek

    December 20, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    ok guys, it's time to settle this with the law of the land. rich franklin IS GREAT, but NOT ELITE. unfortunately, anderson silva and dan henderson are still alive. these guys are elite middleweights because they come from pride, where they have much better opposition back in the day. i have to say rich franklin is probably the 3rd best middleweight in the UFC. he just can't beat silva or henderson, unless he pulls a matt serra. everyone fighter has their weaknesses. mike tyson had buster douglas, and franklin has silva & henderson.

  30. derek

    December 20, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    and please, let's get started with bisping. although i detest him (because of the poor sportmanship he displayed when he LOST to hammill and didn't even acknowledge the close fight), he has the tools to beat franklin.

  31. steve

    December 20, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    Mike Tyson's weakness wasnt Buster Douglas it was himself. he was self-destructive. He went over to Japan where he fought douglas but while he was there he partied all night and just fucked around. That is why he lost t douglas and it has been down hill since then.

  32. steve

    December 20, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Why do u say Rich Franklin is Great? If he is great shouldnt he be able to beat great fighters? And if so who can he beat thats great? cuz he sure hasnt beaten a gret fighter yet.

  33. dane drebin

    December 20, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    you can say rich franklin is not elite because he is number three… as absurd as that sounds and it does sound stupid… i dont think anyone can claim that bisping is better than rich. rich would mop the floor with bisping plain and simple. he would knock bisping the fuck out. rich was knocking out top middleweights before silva ended his reign. he was a very dominant champion … granted in the weakest division… but still deserves his credit. he has way more heavy hands than bisping. bispings shots are crisp but the has to pepper shots until someone gives up (which he as never done against a worthy opponent) while rich has 1 punch knockout power in both hands. bisping likes to out work his opponents with his cardio and that will not be an issue for franklin if he gets proper training time after this injury. franklins huge as a middleweight and i can promise u he's a lot bigger than bisping. macdonald said he was bigger than bisping. lets get real people franklin coulda coached bispings season of tuf if the cercumstances were right and haha atleast then bisping could practice with franklin and know he would get worked by his coach. i gess hes gunna have to find out the hardway

  34. DanP

    December 20, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    this is going round and round in circles…. Franklin is a very good fighter I agree… I would like to see Franklin beat the following fighters, then get another Title Shot at either Hendo or Silva…

    1. Chris Leben

    2. Travis Lutter

    3. Nate Marquart

    4. Hendo/Silva for the Title

    If he beat Leben, Lutter & Nate then I would put up there with the best!

    Joe… you are obviously a big Franklin fan… thats fair enough…But it doesn't change the fact that you are a Dick…

  35. JOE

    December 20, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    I wont dispute that I am a DICK. In fact, I would say that's an understatement. Thanks for watering it down.

    Actually, I like Franklin's attitude. Other than that, I'm not a die hard Franklin fan, I just genuinely believe that you and many others are wrong about him and far too critical of most fighters when it comes to deciding whether or not they're good or great.

    Like this for example. Steve said: "Why do u say Rich Franklin is Great? If he is great shouldn’t he be able to beat great fighters? And if so who can he beat thats great? cuz he sure hasnt beaten a gret fighter yet."

    Okay, by that logic, since he didn't beat Silva (obviously considered to be a great fighter) he's not great. Although Besides Franklin, in the last 4 years, Anderson Silva's record doesn't reflect a laundry list of wins over "great elite" fighters either. Of course, as soon as someone beats Silva, he as well will "go down in your estimations." Although I guess you never really answered DanP, DO YOU THINK ANDERSON IS ELITE???

    Also how about

    1. Chris Leben

    2. Travis Lutter

    3. Nate Marquart

    Are they elite? If not, how's Franklin beating them going to prove to you that he's great?

  36. steve

    December 21, 2007 at 6:12 am

    Those fighters are not Elite. The only Elite fighters in UFC's Middleweight division right now are Hendo and Spider. Lets be honest the UFC babies fan favorites. Rich is still a fan favorite. So if Hendo beats Silva which is probaly gonna happen then I think franklin will get another shot at the title after about 3 fights. We have our opinions i am done on this topic. I just dont feel Rich is Great. He is above average. Anderson showed why he isnt elite.

  37. Morey

    December 21, 2007 at 6:22 am

    I'm not counting out Anderson Silva yet. After he demolished Franklin twice it seems like people are more willing to say Rich was never a top fighter rather than saying that Anderson is that damn good. Let me just put it out there that I don't think Henderson is going to run through Anderson and that it will be a good fight. It will answer a lot of questions because we know more about how Henderson stacks up against the MMA talent right now. Maybe is Anderson beats Henderson he will get the respect he deserves and Rich will too, having been beat by a top fighter in the world.

  38. dane drebin

    December 21, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    cant wait for rich to knock out bisping hope that fight happens sooner than later

  39. tom

    December 22, 2007 at 3:04 am

    i agree with Morey.. rich is very good but silva is a beast and i think hes going to beat dan and if he doesnt its going to be a great fight and we r really going to find out who the best middle weight is and rich is elite, he just got beat by a guy who doesnt match up well with. i would like to see bisping vs Chris . and bisping vs kyndal

  40. dane drebin

    December 22, 2007 at 6:10 am

    i personally think dan henderson is gunna beat the spider. he has stood and traded bombs witht he best in 205 and has never been knocked out. he's knocked out wandy and rampage broke his hand on hendos face and didnt come close to knocking him out. i think he will close the distance and take anderson down with his olympic quality wrestling. i dont see anderson submitting dan. i just dont see it. should be a great fight tho

  41. steve

    December 22, 2007 at 11:09 am

    His name is Kendall not kyndal. Get it right and I just want to know how he is Elite TOM. I heard why the others think he is elite but u said he was to so whats ur reason?

  42. steve

    December 22, 2007 at 11:10 am

    Rich Franklin that is**

  43. Realwun

    December 22, 2007 at 11:14 am

    I can't say for sure how good Rich is. Beating Shamrock and Loaisu were great victories but both guys have not seemed like top fighters since those fights. I think he is a hard worker and talented, certainly at the top of the UFC MW division. Kendall gets on my nerves but I think he has potential. Personally, I hope Bisping fights Evan Tanner in his return fight.

  44. tom

    December 22, 2007 at 11:58 am

    ok steve . well i think rich is elite because he was the ufc best MW before silva and he is still for sure in the top 3. hes a super hard work and he is very well rounded and he is super strong for a 185, and before silva fight him he never lost in the ufc as a light heavy or a middle weight. ok steve

  45. dane drebin

    December 22, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    im with tom…. the word elite… correct me if im wrong came from the word eight. as in top 8. rich is in the top three and definetly in the top elite 8 of the divisoin.

  46. Joe

    December 23, 2007 at 5:17 am

    Well actually, elite comes from the Latin term eligere which means "to elect." Basically a small dominant group among a larger society with a privileged status upheld by those of a lesser status. To a lot of people here, that group consist's of ONLY Anderson Silva and Hendo…….Well, until they get beat by someone I guess. Then they'll somehow be lumped in with the non-elite. Whatever.

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