With the violent dialog going on between Luke Rockhold (pictured) and Michael Bisping, there’s plenty of sizzle heading into Saturday’s shootout at UFC Fight Night 55. However, a win over Bisping might prove to be of little significance for Rockhold.
While Bisping has established himself as a solid competitor during his eight years in the octagon, the chatty Brit has never even fought for a UFC title, let alone held one. In addition, Bisping has alternated between wins and losses over his past seven outings.
For those of you who are counting at home, “The Count” hasn’t posted consecutive wins since schooling Jason Miller back in December 2011. He beat Jorge Rivera before that. Both of those opponents left the UFC years ago.
Bisping is coming off a dominant TKO victory over Cung Le. However, Le hadn’t fought in nearly two years and is well past his prime at the age of 42.
Speaking of getting a little long in the tooth, Bisping clocks 36 in three short months. It can be argued the peak of his career was five-ish years ago when he rattled off four straight wins.
In addition, for what it’s worth (sometimes absolutely nothing), Bisping is currently ranked ninth in the UFC middleweight division – four spots below Rockhold.
Oh, and Rockhold is an overwhelming 4-1 odds-on favorite to blast Bisping.
So, what does Rockhold really have to gain from a bout with Bisping? Probably nothing more than a win over a big name, but it likely won’t get him closer to a title fight unless he unleashes an epic highlight reel finish.
I guess that’s worth tuning into UFC Fight Pass to see.