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Bisping tells Sonnen: 'Prepare to get submitted'

ESPN staff
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Does Michael Bisping beat Chael Sonnen?

Michael Bisping believes his key to victory at UFC on Fox 2 will be his submissions arsenal, insisting he will force Chael Sonnen to tap on January 28.

Bisping and Sonnen have been thrown together on 11 days' notice after an injury to the American's original opponent, Mark Munoz. In Bisping's eyes, that changes his fight preparations "drastically" from his original plans for jiu-jitsu specialist Demian Maia.

Sonnen has opened up as favourite with the bookies to defeat the Briton, which would set up a title rematch with middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

However, Sonnen's Achilles heel over the years has been the triangle choke. Maia beat him with it, Silva defeated him with it, and Bisping insists that - after all the work he has done preparing for Maia - he can submit Sonnen too.

"I'm going to get the best Chael Sonnen possible I know that," Bisping told Fighters Only. "But his jiu-jitsu won't be too slick.

"Chael Sonnen can take me down if he likes, because I know I can submit him off my back. I know I can. That's his big weakness.

"I may not have a black belt, but I consider myself a black belt. I've been rolling with Jake Shields, Dean Lister and a wash of other world champions. Believe me, if Chael Sonnen takes me down he better be prepared to get submitted.

"Working with these guys recently, these top level jiu-jitsu guys, has really brought on my game and I am so comfortable on my back right now. In the past I have stood fights up a lot but the way I am training right now, I will be delighted if Chael takes me down. If he does, then it will be a short night for him."

Bisping knows victory finally earns the title shot that he has been building his entire career towards, and he made no effort to hide the fact that January 28th represents his greatest challenge.

"Without a shadow of a doubt this is the biggest fight of my career," Bisping said. "It's going to be the most watched fight of all time, with it going live on Fox TV, and I am fighting the number one contender. This is my title fight.

"I beat this guy and I am fighting for the title. I'm going to Brazil and it's me that will be getting the big pay day. There is no doubt that I will beat this guy too. I am the better fighter. No doubt, he is a tough motherf**ker, but it's my big opportunity and I will be ready."

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