UK middleweight fighter Michael Bisping made it two in a row after losing a decision to Wanderlei Silva in February this past Saturday at UFC 120 when he defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama via unanimous decision. Bisping looked disciplined and technical in his win over Akiyama and though he didn’t get the finish over the very durable Akiyama, “The Count” did enough to impress UFC President Dana White. White recently spoke with Fighters Only, where he revealed that Bisping’s next opponent will be a “top 5″ middleweight and that a win in that eventual fight could set Bisping up for his sought after title shot.
“He went in against a very tough durable guy and I knew he was going to be dangerous after getting hit with that big shot as soon as the bell rang,” White said. “I think Michael kept his composure, I think he kept his head together after he got hit with a big shot, it worked.”
Bisping’s rebound from a harrowing opening flurry from Akiyama has White convinced that the unofficial UK MMA ambassador is ready to test himself against some of the stiffest competition the 185-pound division has to offer.
“I thought he looked great… it definitely puts him back in the mix and he will fight someone top 5 next,” White said. “He is back on his way towards a title shot.”
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is set to defend his belt against fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort this February and Bisping’s desired rematch with Wanderlei Silva is on the shelf until “The Axe Murderer” recovers from knee surgery. Two opponents that have been speculated could be next for “The Count” are Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami, who will be facing each other early next month.