|Michael Bisping doesn't understand the source of Wanderlei Silva's anger. (UFC photo)
There are few fighters in the world of MMA who garner more respect.
Most would be happy to retire with half his resume.
And though his opponent Michael 'The Count' Bisping has great admiration for Wanderlei 'The Axe Murderer' Silva, Silva has nothing but disdain for the Brit fighter.
In their UFC 110 pre-fight press conference, Silva turned to the often cocky The Ultimate Fighter winner and made his game plan clear.
"I'm going to kick your ass," he said glaring at his opponent.
The pair will co-headline tonight's UFC 110 card from Sydney, Australia which also includes a heavyweight contender match between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cain Velasquez -- the winner may get a title shot against the soon-to-return Brock Lesnar. Ryan Bader will also take on Keith Jardine and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic will battle Anthony Perosh -- a last minute replacement for Ben Rothwell who is scratched due to illness.
Bisping said he doesn't understand the source of Silva's anger.
"I haven't said two words to the guy, but a lot of animosity seems to have built up," said the polarizing 30-year-old who has an 18-2 record.
"I've got nothing but respect for Wanderlei. How can you not respect a guy like that who's had the career he's had?"
The explosive Brazilian has had one of the most distinguished tenures in the sport.
Silva debuted in Pride in 1999 and didn't lose a fight for five years -- an almost unprecedented feat. He was the Pride middleweight champ from 2001 to 2007.
But he has struggled since Pride dissolved and he moved back to the UFC.
He has a 1-3 record since returning to the UFC Octagon. This will be his first fight back after dropping from the 205 lbs. class to 185 lbs.
Bisping was quick to point out Silva's recent struggles in losing to Chuck Liddell, Rich Franklin and Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson.
At one point, Bisping was told to shut up by Silva.
The Brazilian knockout machine says he is not thinking of retirement and doesn't see his fight with Bisping as do or die -- though he'd like to punish the demonized Bisping just to bring some joy to his fans.
The 33-year-old Silva said every fighter he's spoken with says they want him to beat Bisping.
"They don't like the guy," says Silva who has a 32-10-1 record with 23 of those wins by KO.
Bisping says he doesn't care what people think of him and he's happy to earn Silva's respect in the cage.
"The respect isn't coming back towards me, so I've got to go out there and take my respect," he said.
"And I plan on doing just that."
UFC 110 airs tonight in Canada on pay-per-view.