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Bisping: I'd rather be stopped by Hendo than Cantwell

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Michael Bisping still struggles to live down his UFC 100 knockout to Dan Henderson © Getty Images
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Michael Bisping has been amused by Brian Stann's claims that his chin is suspect heading into their UFC 152 showdown, pointing out that the American has hardly built a granite reputation of his own.

Bisping and Stann lock horns in a middleweight bout of significant meaning, with the winner set to push himself towards the front of the queue for a 185lb title shot. After Dana White's recent admission that Chris Weidman will not be next to fight Anderson Silva, it could well be that Bisping or Stann book that shot with a big performance in Toronto.

The Brit's worst defeat still haunts him, with Dan Henderson turning out the lights in spectacular style at UFC 100. It was the type of knockout that forever sticks, making Bisping easy prey for the "weak chin" label.

However, Bisping prefers to point to Stann's own shortcomings, most notably a TKO loss to Steve Cantwell - who rode a five-fight losing streak out of the UFC. Stann also holds losses to Krzysztof Soszynski, Phil Davis and Chael Sonnen, so he has plenty of ammunition heading into the September 22 bout.

"Stann has said he 'wants to test my chin'. A nice line from Captain Cliché there but, you know what, of course he does," Bisping told Yahoo Sports. "He's a big puncher and his only chance of winning this is landing some bombs and knocking me out.

"But I'm going to test his chin, too, and I'm a lot faster and more accurate than he is. To be honest, I have a boatload more strikes available to me and I think Stann's chin is a lot more suspect than mine.

"Getting beat by Dan Henderson, who's knocked out some of the best fighters in the world from welterweight to heavyweight, isn't that disgraceful - especially when you consider Stann was stopped by Steve Cantwell.

"I'm not underestimating this guy - he's one of the best fighters in the division, and I know he's going to look to knock my head off with every shot. But I think I'm half a step-up in all the key skills: striking, submissions and wrestling.

"This is my fight to lose - he can't win the fight unless I make a mistake and give him a chance to. And being so close to a title shot, I'm not going to make mistakes. I'm taking this guy out."

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