In the cage immediately following his TKO victory over Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Michael Bisping didn’t sound especially keen on the prospect of facing UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, saying that he wasn’t very happy with the performance he’d just turned in.
At the post-fight press conference though, The Count asserted himself as one of the best in the world and said that for his next fight he only wants to face someone who’ll get him closer to a title shot.
“I class myself as one of the best in the world,” Bisping said (props to MMAJunkie). “I think I consistently prove that, and I want to fight for the belt. I’ve been around the UFC a long time, and that’s what I want to do. That’s what all fighters want to do.
“It looks like Chael and Mark Muñoz, they’re going to fight for the No. 1 contender. Fair enough. In the meantime, I want to fight whoever it is that gets me closer to that belt, whoever it is. Whoever the top guys are out there, I want to fight them.”
Though most MMA fans love to hate Bisping and he takes criticism for having a lack of finishing power, The Count boasts a pro record of 22-3 and has only lost to Rashad Evans at light heavyweight, Dan Henderson and Wanderlei Silva at middleweight. He is currently riding a four-fight winning streak that includes dominant wins over Dan Miller, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Jorge Rivera and Mayhem.