You’d be hard-pressed to find a more vigorous Michael Bisping hater than me. I readily admit it, and I’m unapologetic about it. I think he’s kind of a douche, or at least he presents himself that way, seeing as I do not know the man personally. He can’t even partake in some good old-fashioned shit-talking without coming off like a bully and a prick. But personal feelings aside, credit must be given where credit is due, and Bisping clearly won his fight against Brian Stann this past Saturday night. Stann, however, doesn’t think so. He was on the UFC on FUEL show (via MMAMania) and offered his take:
“[I’m] disappointed obviously. Dana came back after the fight and told me he thought I won the fight. Of course I am going to be biased, I was in there and I thought I won. I have to take an analytical view. I knew it was going to be close, but I thought I won the fight. I think I could still fight the good contenders, I don’t think I go back to fighting the up and comers. I think if I get two big wins in a row, I can get right back to a fight that means something. There are a lot of us to who have gotten there, fall down and then come back. That is what I have to do.”
Aside from being a Bisping hater, I’m also a former Marine, so naturally I was rooting for Stann. But even in my most passionately subjective mindset, I just cannot conjure up a scenario where Stann won that fight. He won the first round by rocking Bisping, but then got out-struck and out-grappled for the duration. It wasn’t a blow out by any means, but as much as it pains me to say it, the decision was a very clear 29-28 for Bisping, just as all three judges scored it.
Stann can be forgiven for his delusion though. He admits he’s biased. And besides, in 2005 he won a Silver Star – the third highest medal a Marine can win, awarded for gallantry in action. Certainly that allows a man a little latitude. What were you doing in 2005? I was doing Jager bombs, hogging with my friends, and getting arrested for mooning people from my buddy’s car.