Michael Bisping has long been regarded as one of the sport’s most polarizing fighters, but it sounds like the outspoken star’s decided to reel in his emotions, just a bit…

Yes, over the years, Bisping has remained one of the UFC’s top draws, not only because of his abilities in the cage, but because he’s also one of the best trash talkers in the game. “The Count” has never been shy about heaping insults and warnings at his opponents, and we’re all well accustomed to seeing an extremely fired up Bisping at the weigh-ins.

Well, recently Bisping appeared on the latest “UFC Tonight”, to discuss this Saturday’s bout with Luke Rockhold. While doing so, the British fighter had this to say about his upcoming title shot (quote via FOX Sports press release):

“I’ve worked a lifetime for it. Two weeks, two days, two years. I’ll take it. I’ve trained my entire life. I just fought Anderson Silva. I don’t need a whole camp. This is the most important thing. I’ve really made leaps and bounds in my mental game lately. I used to think it was about being emotional and being angry. But you’re never best version of yourself if you’re angry. I’ve really got a handle on it now.”


That’s interesting to hear, and while Bisping has still been making some headline grabbing comments in recent weeks, he does seem to be a little more reserved.

The big question is, however, will he be able to keep his emotions in check, in what is unquestionably his biggest fight yet? And against a guy who has already defeated him? Guess we’ll see. If Bisping wins, it will be one of the biggest upsets in recent UFC history. No question.

UFC 199 will go down at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The co-headliner will be a rubber match between bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.