UFC 217 – Bisping vs. GSP

Updated: October 19, 2017

GSP is back! After a long break and possible abduction by aliens he GSP gets a title shot. Does that really make sense? Not really, but it doesn´t matter the fight is set and Bisping even wanted this fight. This is most likely going to be the biggest paycheck for Bisping. Has GSP been training with aliens? How much rust does he have after this break? We will not know for sure but there are a few things we do know.

GSP is always in shape and this time around it will not be different. Expect him to be in tip top shape and have cardio for days. These two things have never been an issue for him. He has had some issues against people that can wrestle and have take down defense. Against Diaz and Condit GSP was able to dominate in the top position enough to get the win. He also had success using his jab to keep both of them at distance. When he fought Hendricks you could see how things were a lot different fighting someone that can wrestle. Arguably Hendricks won that fight but the judges gave the decision to GSP.

On the feet GSP does not pose a huge threat to Bisping who is more vulnerable to power punchers like we saw in his last fight against Dan Henderson. Bisping does well against fellow volume strikers and although people sometimes say that he doesnt have power he has shown that he can knock people out. Bisping has also has had his takedown defense tested and did a good job staying on his feet against Henderson and Sonnen who are probaly the strongest wrestlers that he has faced. Bisping´s stand up is always improving and I think he has the advantage on the feet here. GSP is quick but Bisping is patient and I dont seem him charging forward and GSP getting reactive take downs. I can see Bisping out pointing GSP in the first 2 rounds and GSP being forced to go for takedowns and getting punished for it. I think this is a great matchup for Bisping and he is the more active fighter. Bisping as an underdog is a steal.

Bisping 2.10 (+110)

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