Bisping vs. Stann: Who Has the Better Shot at Defeating Anderson Silva?

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2012

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27:  Michael Bisping of Great Britain celebrates his victory over Jorge Rivera of the USA in their middleweight bout part of at UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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At UFC 152, Michael Bisping and Brian Stann will square off in a battle of good and evil and a potential No.1 contender bout.

If this decides the next contender for Anderson Silva, who has the better shot? Both men are strike-first fighters, but which could be a potential hazard to the champ?

First, let's examine Michael Bisping. 

Bisping is a technical striker with an underrated jiu-jitsu game. He would be facing a powerful, technical striker with a superior jiu-jitsu game in Silva.

If Bisping wants to get in a technical match with Silva, he would be in big trouble. He has proven to not have the greatest amount of power in his hands. To take out Silva, one cannot outstrike him, but out-power strike him.

Bisping obviously doesn't have the clinch work or wrestling chops to match Silva. Silva's weakness is defensive wrestling, but Bisping does not have the offensive wrestling to drag the champion down.

So his game plan would be to stay on the outside and try to win a technical striking battle. That strategy will get him knocked out within two rounds.

Then, you have Brian Stann.

Stann is like Dan Henderson, minus the fact that he lacks the offensive wrestling chops. He has extremely powerful hands and underrated technique.

Getting into a striking battle, though dangerous, would be Stann's best option. Silva is powerful and accurate, but Stann has the jaw-rattling, one-punch knockout power to put anybody away.

Therefore, when examining who has the better shot, I would have to go with Stann. Stann's power outweighs anything Bisping has to offer.

We will see who the better man is in Toronto.