Originally Posted by rivethead
I think a lot of that depends on the outcome of Bisping/Belfort.
If he get's past Belfort, I have absolutely no doubt that he will.
I rate Bisping higher than I think most people do on this board, but Bisping has almost zero chance against Silva.
Bisping's strengths make him a challenge to most MWs. He is a pretty good technical striker, great takedown defense, underrated bjj, ok takedowns and is strong/big for a mw.
Bisping has good stand up that allows him to last a long time in most fights against good strikers. But he still gets hit. If you get hit a couple times by Silva, you are going to sleep.
Bisping has great takedown defense which allows to neutralize wrestlers and beat them standing, but Silva is not going to try and take him down.
3. Bisping has ok bjj but they are not going to the ground in this fight.
Bisping has ok takedown abilities that allows him to change the pace in fights against strikers with weak takedown abilities, but Silva has underrated takedown defense that has vastly improved due to his training for Sonnen. If Bisping was able to take Silva down, I think he could lay and pray a couple rounds away, but he does not have the high level wrestling necessary. Not going to happen
5. Bisping can out muscle or at least neutralize most guys at 185, but Silva is stronger than most 205s and tired Boner out in a couple of minutes of grappling.
= Bisping gets KOed in the first 3 minutes of round 1 (assuming Silva wants to end it early and "not play with his food").