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Pickett makes case for Bisping title shot

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Brad Pickett maintains his confidence that the entire nation should believe in Michael Bisping's UFC title bid, claiming the Brit is better suited to Anderson Silva than he was Chael Sonnen.

Pickett initially recorded his opinion prior to Bisping's January battle with Sonnen, predicting the American's suffocating style would make it a struggle for Bisping to find his groove. However, when it came to the fight, Sonnen found it difficult to tie down his rival in the opening two rounds, eventually taking a decision that was hotly disputed.

Pickett has always felt that Bisping would be far more comfortable using his boxing without the constant threat of a takedown against Silva, and he is more confident than ever that his countryman could put on a show if he eventually earns a middleweight title shot.

"Bisping did really well, he showed a lot of holes in Chael Sonnen's game," Pickett told ESPN. "Bisping has shown a lot of weaknesses in Sonnen's game and, whereas I thought Sonnen would win the rematch with Anderson Silva before, I'm not sure now.

"I do think Bisping lost the fight, even though it was very close, but it was an excellent performance.

"I still think Anderson suits Bisping better stylistically. Mike wouldn't have to focus so much on defence and stopping the takedown. He'd be able to attack more. He likes to stand, so he'd get to do what he's best at - therefore I think he'd make a good fight with Anderson."

Pickett is one of many UFC stars to be attending The MMA Show Live on May 12/13 at the NEC in Birmingham, a ground-breaking event featuring more top level MMA fighters than any other show of its kind in Europe. The interactive expo expects 30,000 fans across the whole weekend.

Tickets for The MMA Show Live are priced from £20 and available from www.theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 338 0338. For more information visit www.themmashowlive.com

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