Michael Bisping wants a title shot sooner rather than later and, luckily for him, it turns out that UFC president Dana White thinks the Brit only needs to notch another pair of wins to reach that goal.
“I think he has to win a couple more fights first,” White said when asked how close “The Count” is to a title shot during a fan Q&A session hosted by the Seattle Times.
Granted, White’s and Bisping’s ideas of exactly how close the UK standout is to a title shot may vary a bit, as at the start of this year Bisping told ITV that he was hoping to get a title shot after beating Jorge Rivera (which he did last month at UFC 127) and one more solid contender (props to ESPN).
“As of yet I haven’t heard anything,” Bisping said. “I’m cruising along towards a title shot, I’ve gained a bit of momentum. 2010 was a good year, I’m looking to keep building on that momentum in 2011. Fingers crossed when I beat Rivera, maybe one more opponent and it should be a title shot. Around the end of the year there should be another contender, and hopefully by then I should have earned my shot.”
According to White, the UFC is considering holding another event in the UK towards the end of the year and considering that Bisping, as the most high-profile English UFC fighter, is often booked for those cards, it could provide him the perfect time and place to take on a step up in competition and further legitimize his claim to a title shot.