I have no idea what Bisping/Evans match Mike Sloan from Sherdog watched, but it can’t be the same one I did. Or perhaps he was tripping balls on ketamine or something. Either way, I’ve never read a more incorrect assessment of a match in my entire life:
Evans, for the most part, proved that his stamina was not going to fail him in the three rounder. He also showed he could stand and trade with someone who has much better technique on the feet and that his wrestling ability ranks in the upper echelon among MMA fighters.
Bisping, meanwhile, showcased that he can scramble to safety from takedowns, defend himself properly while on his back and that he tries to win his fights rather than trying not to lose.
Oh, where to start? Evan’s stamina. Okay: take everything Sloan said and reverse it … and then it will make sense:
Evans, for the most part, proved that his stamina WILL ALWAYS fail him in the three rounder. He also DID NOT show he could stand and trade with someone who has much better technique on the feet and that his wrestling ability DOES NOT rank in the upper echelon among MMA fighters.
There we go. Evans blew his wad in the first and by the third was barely able to do anything. His striking never looked dangerous and his takedowns past the first round were sloppy at best.
I’m not going to argue completely with Sloan’s opinion of Bisping … he did showcase his ‘scrambling to safety’ abilities, and when that elite scrambling didn’t work he managed to protect himself on his back. But the whole “tries to win his fights rather than trying not to lose” thing … HELLO! Bisping had a round and a half with a gassed Rashad Evans and still didn’t do enough to win the third round. If that was Bisping trying to win, then I don’t see him winning too many judge’s decisions down the road.