In a recent interview with ESPN.com, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva expressed his desire to return to the United Kingdom to defend his belt against one of that country’s biggest mixed martial arts stars, Michael “The Count” Bisping. “The Spider” stated that his desire to fight Bisping comes out of nothing but respect for “The Count” and his accomplishments inside the Octagon, and that, while his desire to fight in England does come from his fondness for the place, he also feels an obligation to defend his belt against fighters from all over the world, at locations all over the world.
“Michael Bisping is very impressive,” said Silva. “He’s been in the UFC for a long time now and beaten some very good fighters. It would be an honour to fight him, perhaps in England. He is fast, is very busy and makes adjustments quickly. I am the champion of the world, not just Brazil or America. Being a world champion means taking on the best fighters from around the world all over the world.”
Michael Bisping took to his Twitter account to respond to Silva’s comments, stating that he hoped to face the champion down the road.
“About Anderson’s comments, it’s nice to hear nice things from the best in the world,” Bisping wrote. “Hopefully soon I will earn the honour of fighting him.”
Bisping is set to fight Jorge Rivera toward the end of February, at UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. Meanwhile, Silva will face top contender Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 this February 5th, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.