Jason Parillo, Michael Bisping's coach, revealed what Bisping had to work on during training camp ahead of his UFC 217 fight against Georges St-Pierre.
Parillo spoke to Fightful ahead of Bisping's UFC middleweight title defense against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217. Parillo said he and Bisping spent a lot of time working on his takedown defense, anticipating that GSP will try and do that a lot in their fight. The UFC middleweight champion's coach feels Bisping is ready to go to face off against the UFC legend.
"Obviously, we spent a lot of time with some good grapplers in this camp. Mike's working very hard. We got a great group of guys here. We've been working a lot on the takedown defense. Mike's gotta go fight his fight, for the most part. I think that's the most important thing. If he can keep Georges off-balance, [that's a good thing for us]. Mike's ready to go," Parillo said.
This goes hand-in-hand with recent comments by GSP that Bisping "is terrified" with the idea of engaging in a wrestling match during their fight. Bisping will be coming into the fight as the taller man and Parillo does find some comfort in that, but GSP is not someone to take lightly.
"You don't know, I mean it's like the last fight against Dan Henderson. Dan's not the biggest guy around. A fight's a fight. You can never take Georges lightly. He's a bad motherf*cker. I guess we like the idea that Michael is the bigger guy. I worked with a guy that has fought Georges before by the name of BJ Penn and we were the smaller guy in that fight. I like that we got the bigger guy now," Parillo said.
Bisping and GSP are headlining UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden on November 4. Not only will Fightful have complete coverage of UFC 217, but it will also do a live post-UFC 217 podcast on Fightful and on YouTube.