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Michael Bisping Rooting For Chael Sonnen Over Anderson Silva

Michael Bisping will have a big interest in the UFC middleweight championship match between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen in July at UFC 148. Bisping recently told ESPN that he feels like he is close to a title shot depending on who wins the fight.

Bisping stated that he called UFC president Dana White following his close decision loss to Sonnen and asked where he stood in regards to the title race. After speaking with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva, “The Count” heard news he liked.

“(Silva) said it all depends on what happens between Sonnen and Anderson. He said if Anderson wins, I might be sitting around for a while,” Bisping said. “So if Chael wins, I might get to fight (for the title). But I haven’t been told anything official.”

Bisping also said that White told him he felt like he won the fight with Sonnen, but added, “Not that he sent me my win bonus!”

Before he can plan for a title shot, Bisping must get past Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 on July 21, 2012 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.