With his UFC 152 win over Brian Stann, Bisping explained he feels reinvigorated and confident that he can take on anyone. As of now, he feels he’s walked out of the shadow that’s hung over his head for years; the stigma of being underrated is gone with this win. Michael believes it’s his time to get a long awaited shot at the title.
“Listen, I’ve done things over the years that maybe have annoyed people, but I think I was being looked over, but I think that’s fallen by the wayside now. I think I proved a lot of people wrong in the Chael Sonnen fight. I was a 4 to 1 underdog and that was a controversial decision. I had a good win over Brian Stann. I think if anyone was to overlook me now, or not to give me the credit I deserve, I think they’d be foolish. That’d be their downfall. I think generally now, the consensus is I’m one of the best and I don’t think I get overlooked now,” Bisping stated. “I think I’ve positioned myself as the number one contender really. I mean, I know Chris Weidman’s in there and he wants his shot, but he’s got to fight Tim Boetsch and he’s got to beat Tim Boestch. And also, he’s only got two decent wins. Other than that, I never heard of Chris Weidman a year ago. I think after Saturday night I put myself in line for a title shot pretty soon.”
But, the burning question in middleweight division still remains. Who will be the next 185 contender to get a shot a UFC Middleweight Champ Anderson Silva?
“We’ll have to wait and see what the UFC wants to do. I will be calling Dana and the UFC tomorrow just to see where we’re up to and what’s going on. I know Anderson’s fighting Stephan Bonnar. I don’t want to wait on the sidelines for a long time. I want to fight as much as possible. I would have no problems taking a fight in the meantime – whether it’s Alan Belcher, Chris Weidman, I don’t care who it is I’m confident in my skill set. I’m confident I can beat guys.”
With a possible superfight between GSP and Silva looming over both the welterweight and middleweight divisions, Bisping explained there were many factors that could play in to that fight not coming to fruition. “I don’t think that’s a guaranteed fight…”I hope not for my own sake, so that when I get my own shot,” Bisping said. “As I say, I’m confident in my ability now. I think I’ve solidfied and cemented myself as one of the top middleweights in the world. I’ve got no problem continuing to fight guys and beat them. If I continue to do that and beat guys, I will get my shot. That’s only a matter of time. I’m not in any rush. Yes, I’d like to fight [Silva] for a shot in a couple of weeks, but if I’ve got to wait a year, six months, two years, I’m going nowhere. I’m going to continue training, I’m going to continue improving and doing what I do. So, I’m not bothered when it comes.”
If Bisping does have to take on the winner of Chris Weidman vs Tim Boetsch in a title eliminator, Bisping spoke on the possibility that perennial underdog, Boetsch, pulls off the upset. “There’s definitely a possibility that Boetsch could upset Weidman. I’d say Weidman has the more polished skill set, but Boetsch is no slouch, he’s no pushover.”
When it came to Weidman, Bisping made it clear that he still finds no reason for all the Chris Weidman hype. NCAA wrestler Weidman is 9-0 in his MMA career. With 5 consecutive UFC wins to his name, Weidman’s been pushing for a title shot of his own. “I’m not sold on Chris Weidman. I don’t see what all the fuss is with Chris Weidman. I’ve got nothing against the guy. He beat Demian Maia in the candidate for the worst fight of the year, a lot of people are forgetting that. He looked decent against Mark Munoz, but Mark Munoz looked terrible and I was never sold on him in the first place. So I think everyone in all due respect just needs to calm down Chris Weidman just because he’s undefeated. He’s undefeated because he’s beaten a bunch of bums. He’s only had about seven fights. I’ve had nearly 30 fights. I’ve been in the UFC when he was still in school probably. So I got nothing against Chris Weidman, but I don’t see him as the Great White Hope that’s going to come in and destroy Anderson Silva. He’s just another middle of the road UFC fighter as far as I’m concerned.”