Bisping targets KO
Michel Bisping has warned Jason 'Mayhem' Miller that he will be seeking a KO victory in the TUF finale.
By Jonathan Witty - Twitter: @skybet_Jonathan
Last Updated: 08/12/11 1:44pm
Middleweight contender Michel Bisping has warned Jason 'Mayhem' Miller that he will be seeking a knock-out victory in the main event of the Ultimate Fighter (TUF) finale on Saturday.
The pair took charge of two teams of aspiring MMA fighters during TUF series on FX, with no love lost between the pair during a number of fractious episodes on the show.
Their team members will slug it out to be named the winner of the series on the undercard, but all the attention is on the main event as Bisping aims to move closer to a shot at middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
He exclusively told skysports.com: "I am very confident I can stop him. I have been sparring with big guys and my power has improved.
"I'm looking to put this guy away. He's talked a lot of **** and I want to show him up and punish him for what he's said."
Miller has only been stopped inside the distance once in his career, but former TUF winner Bisping - who has 13 KO victories to his name - is confident that his stand-up talents will overwhelm his opponent.
He added: "I think I have a clear advantage in the boxing department. Miller can kick a bit, but his boxing and his hands aren't very good.
"I have a clear advantage there and I am going to utilise my boxing. That said, I think I am a better wrestler, I am bigger and stronger as well and fitter, so generally I have him beaten in all areas.
"He has good jiu-jitsu, but I have addressed that in training and done a lot of ground work. Hand on heart, I truly believe I have him beaten in all areas."
Miller attempted to ratchet up the pressure on the UK's top fighter this week by suggesting that he has a spy in the Bisping camp, a claim laughed off by the Manchester fighter.
He added: "It's absolute nonsense. I've had a small, but dedicated, quality camp with a lot of good guys.
"It is a sign that he is trying to unsettle my camp and accuse a few people [of leaking information]. He thought I might fly off the handle when I heard and start accusing people or whatnot, but I just laughed. That's absolute b*******."
Bisping is on a three-fight winning streak in the UFC and sees Miller as another opportunity to cement his title credentials.
Nottingham welterweight Dan Hardy received the first-ever title shot for a UK fighter in the UFC, but Bisping reckons he can become the first British champion in UFC history.
He said: "I am definitely working hard towards [a title shot]. I deserve a title shot soon and I have been around the UFC a long time and I have only been stopped once in my career and I learnt a lot from that.
"I believe I am almost there. I don't think a win over Miller gets me a title shot, but with another win it will establish me as one of the top contenders in the middleweight division."
The Ultimate Fighter Finale can be seen on Sunday 4th December from 2am on FX