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Bisping off to Big Bear

One of the hottest training camps around doesn’t seem to have a clear cut leader. While Miletich, Tompkins, Hackleman and Jackson are all ‘owners’ of their respective camps, it’s much harder to put a finger on who runs Big Bear. Sure Tito Ortiz owns the place, but we’re hearing more and more about fighters going up there who aren’t affiliated with Team Punishment. Case in point: Michael Bisping, who’s going to train at Big Bear with Quinton Jackson:

Bisping said he and the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion have struck up a friendship this year. “We’ve only really hung out three or four times but we really get on. He’s a funny guy, he’s great to be around and after we were in London last month for the UFC 75 press conference he was kind enough to invite me to Big Bear to train and spar with him.”

And Rampage, who matches his UFC 205lbs gold against that of PRIDE counterpart Dan Henderson on the same London supershow, seems delighted to have the Count join him in the famous Californian fight camp.

Jackson said: “Bisping’s the coolest dude in all the UK. He’s white and English but we’re kinda alike in a lot of ways. He’s a bad ass like me, he’s not scared of no-one.

“He’s a really good fighter – and he’s getting better all the time – because he’s fearless.

“I think I can help him out with his defence, because I got a lot of moves for defence I don’t think anyone else has even thought of. I’d be happy to share some secrets with Bisping and I am looking forward to banging with him and picking up some ground work from him.”

Now I really feel bad for Matt Hamill. Bisping is a powerhouse fighter who’s only limitation was his training situation. Say what you will about the Wolf’s Den in England … there’s simply no substitution for training with other elite guys, and Big Bear’s got that in spades. So now that Bisping has proven he’s willing to go outside his bubble and train in America, I really do think he has what it takes to be a future champion. Which is why I’m somewhat surprised that the current 205-pound champion is so willing to help him out. I guess it’s better to fight the foe you know than the foe you don’t.

  • steve24 says:

    Bisping is a powerhouse definitely. Training with Rampage will be a good thing for him. Now maybe will get to see him fight some top fighters in his division so he can make his way to the belt.

  • Ryan says:

    It’s about time too. If Bisping doesn’t fight a legit UFC top 205er for his next fight, e.g. Machida, winner of Babalu/Heath, winner of Houston/Sakara, winner of Lambert/Gouveia, or some other outside talent (Overeem, Nakamura, Nog, Arona, etc) I think Bisping is going to have a hard time respecting himself. No fans will have any for him, that’s for sure.

  • steve24 says:

    It’s obvious that the UFC is just trying to make Bisping the UFC posterboy for the UK, which makes sense. But he’s now 3-0 with no real names on his resume so it’s time the UFC throws him in with the some big dawgs to see where he legitimately stands in his division.

  • DJ Hapa says:

    I get all over Huerta for being over hyped and pampered by the UFC. The difference between Huerta and Bisping is the no one really believes Bisping is a top fighter yet. You don’t see the media all over Bisping and the fans pretty much know what the deal is with him.

    Bisping has a lot of work to do before he can hang with the top LHWs.

  • steve24 says:

    “Bisping has a lot of work to do before he can hang with the top LHWs.”

    Funny thing is I constantly forget he is a LHW. He seems more a MW to me. I just can’t picture him going anywhere in that division.

  • Jonathan says:

    I think that he is a pretty good fighter….maybe near the top in the UFC