Luke Rockhold v Michael Bisping UFC 199 preview: Revisit the signature moves

Rockhold vs Bisping 2, The Countdown begins...

Michael Bisping takes on Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 84 – Loaded
Want to go to dinner? After all that’s been said, Bisping wants to take Silva to dinner after the fight. Image Photo Matt King

Billed as one of the most explosive rivalries in MMA, if Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping can put on a show as good as their trash talk, we’re in for one hell of a rematch.

Always billed as the unofficial third fight between the two middleweights (the first one being a sparring session!), Rockhold v Bisping is a clash of styles that’s going to be very watchable.

Rockhold is more technically rounded, and always seemingly more relaxed and looser in his movement than his opponents – not to mention his explosive left kicks in his arsenal of techniques, against the definitely more aggressive and wired Bisbing.

A brief look back at Bisping’s 25-fight UFC career paints him as the ‘nearly man’, never achieving a world title. But this time could be different; his last fight with Anderson Silva saw him overcome adversity with a more mature game-plan and the mental strength to pull through a nasty jumping knee to the head that sent him to the deck. A previous version of Bisping would’ve cracked under those circumstances.

Mental preparation is now playing a much bigger part in Bisping’s training, which probably explains why every time we listen to him, he seemed to be getting his knickers in a twist and talked crazy.

However, the smart money’s on Rockhold. He comes from a stronger gym full of world champions, including Daniel Cormier and Caine Velasquez. Here’s a look at some of Rockhold’s signature moves – Hopefully Bisping will be taking notes.

UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping 2 will be held on June 4, 2016 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

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