Michael Bisping stood in Chael Sonnens way of finally securing a long-awaited rematch against UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, but most expected Sonnen to run through the Brit with little trouble.
Bisping, of course, had other plans. The Count rose to the occasion and not only matched Sonnen at every turn, he often outmatched the brash Oregonian to do what many thought (yours included) was enough to earn the upset by way of a 29-28 unanimous decision. Speaking with Ariel Helwani for FuelTV following the fights, UFC president Dana White revealed that he’s amongst those who scored the first two rounds for The Count.
“I had Bisping two rounds to one. I was actually the guy saying before the fight, this isn’t a five-to-one dog. Bisping wrestled with Rashad, Bisping wrestled with Hamill — there’s debate as to who won the Hamill fight, but he was in there with Hamill. Bisping has great wrestling, good stand up and great submissions, too.”
Still, despite putting on arguably the best performance of his career and making Sonnen look very beatable in the process, Bisping will be overlooked for the title shot in favor of the official victor. White confirmed post-fight that Sonnen will be meeting Anderson Silva again to dispute the title, likely in June and somewhere in Brazil, possibly Sao Paulo.
Check out the full interview with White below. For full results of UFC on Fox 2, which went down at the United Center in Chicago, click here.