MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani held an exclusive interview with middleweight contender Michael “The Count” Bisping on the eve of his fight against Jason Miller on the TUF 14 Finale, where he asks The Count about the differences between the Spike event and a main card in the UFC proper.
“Yes, it is in a smaller arena,” Bisping told Helwani. “Right from the word go with me doing this season of The Ultimate Fighter, Dana [White] said straight away ‘this isn’t going to be on Pay Per View. This is going to be a Spike show….’ They knew this was the end of their time with Spike.”
The boys at Five Ounces of Pain look from a different angle at Bisping, who says the loss to Dan Henderson two years ago was the best thing to ever happen to him.
Still, though Bisping’s personal opinion of “Mayhem” is far from flattering, the 32-year old has used it as motivation in the gym but doesn’t expect any bad blood to carry over to the Octagon.
“I think I fight better when I’m – for want of a better word – pissed off. So for me, that does help. I’m emotional in and out of the ring, and before and after a fight I’m emotional, but generally when I’m fighting, I’m very, very focused and I’m focusing on what needs to be done as opposed to doing anything silly because of letting my emotions get the better of me.”
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