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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
"I get under [Rockhold's] skin and I tell you what, I get such a kick out of it 'cause I just know his blood is boiling, and I love it. I'm loving this. The icing on the cake is that I get to punch him... Of course it's more fun. I'm not out there trying to win a popularity contest, I'm just out here being myself. I think for the most part, they get it, and everyone's cool. I get booed from time to time, but I'm alright. I'm happy, my family is happy, I've got plenty of friends. I'm not the biggest asshole you've ever met. Of course it's more fun to sit here and say what's on your mind as opposed to being one of those guys that's, you know, just trying to say the right thing. You know I ain't Jon Jones, you know what I mean? What you see is what you get. No offense to Jon Jones, he's a nice guy. But people kinda say he's fake and this and that. I've always found Jon to be a very nice guy, but with me, certainly you can't accuse me of that. I certainly say what's on my mind, unfortunately."
-Michael Bisping talks to Submission Radio about trying to get under Luke Rockhold's skin, and why he feels he's as authentic as it comes (transcribed by BloodyElbow.com).
Penick's Analysis: Bisping might be a bit delusional, but he's not fake. Like him or hate him, he's going to say whatever he needs to say - or whatever he feels like saying - to get a reaction out of opponents. That said, what he says or doesn't say isn't ultimately going to matter, because it's about actually picking up the wins that matters at this point. If he does that against Rockhold, it will be the biggest win he's had in years at middleweight, but I just don't know that he's actually got it in him to win that fight.
[Michael Bisping art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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