After turning in another masterful performance at UFC 134 last month in Rio de Janeiro, taking out Yushin Okami via TKO within two rounds, many are wondering what’s left for Anderson Silva at 185lbs.
There are rematches with Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen that get people talking, a few enticing bouts against Strikeforce fighters, but for the most part, fans are clamoring to see Silva challenge his welterweight and light heavyweight counterparts, Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones. After all, Silva’s run of championship dominance is absolutely unequaled and his list of UFC records reads longer than most resumes. So, why not give in to the fans and set Silva up against Jones or St-Pierre?
Simple: because Mike Bisping hasn’t gotten his shot yet.
“I’ve been around the UFC for a long time. I’ve been beating top guys consistently for a long time now. I feel I’m gonna get a title shot real, real soon. I’m sill improving all the time; I’m dedicated, I work hard and I feel that my time is now. I do get frustrated when I hear people say that Anderson Silva’s wiped out the middleweight division,” Bisping said on today’s The Ultimate Fighter 14 media conference call. “He hasn’t wiped out the middleweight division: he’s got to fight me yet.
“I feel I match up very well with him. I’m not disrespecting Anderson. I think Anderson rightly so is regarded as the pound-for-pound best in the world, and I’m a big fan of him. But I feel like I’d give him a good fight and I feel I match up a lot better with him than some of the other fighters he’s faced have.”
Since dropping a unanimous decision to Wanderlei Silva back at UFC 110, Michael Bisping has rattled off three victories over Dan Miller, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Jorge Rivera. He’s currently on deck to face off against opposing TUF 14 coach Jason “Mayhem” Miller at the show’s finale this December.