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Bisping vs Stann: What We Learned from Their UFC 152 Fight

Andrew BarrCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2017

Michael Bisping said coming into this fight that he believed he was a faster fighter and more well-rounded than Brian Stann—well, that all proved true.

The brash Brit decisively defeated Stann at UFC 152, using his hand speed and footwork to avoid Stann's power shots and his wrestling to mix things up.

Stann did land a big shot in Round 1 that had Bisping in trouble, but it wasn't enough to finish the fight and from there he didn't land much significant offense.

What we'll remember about this fight:

Probably not much of it—it certainly wasn't the barn-burner many were expecting.

The biggest moments of the fight were probably Stann's big right hand in the first and Bisping's several takedowns.

A good notch on Bisping's belt, but an overall forgettable fight.

What we learned about Michael Bisping:

Like it or not, Bisping is a top middleweight and has a reasonable argument for a title shot. 

He's not the best in any one area, but he does have solid grappling, sound technical striking, good footwork, and cardio that's tough to match.

All of that put together makes him a tough matchup for almost anyone at 185 lbs.

What we learned about Brian Stann:


He still has some work to do if he wants to get a title shot.

His takedown defense isn't where it needs to be yet and there's a lot of solid wrestlers blocking the path to a title fight.

What's next for Bisping:

Bisping probably deserves a title-eliminator with Chris Weidman, but Weidman is penned to meet Tim Boetsch at UFC 155. So, I like Rich Franklin for Bisping's next bout.

What's next for Brian Stann:

Mark Munoz makes sense.


Andrew Barr is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and a stand-up comedian. Check him out on Twitter @AndrewBarr8.

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