Costa Philippou is coming out and proclaiming himself the top contender in the UFC’s uncertain middleweight division. No, Philippou has his sights set on another bout instead.
Philippou, coming off a stunning upset of Tim Boetsch at UFC 155, sees a potential opponent coming out of the upcoming Brian Stann-Wanderlei Silva fight.
“I’m definitely looking at the Brian Stann-Wanderlei Silva fight. I’d like to fight one of those guys if possible,” said Philippou, during a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com. “Brian Stann would be a great match up for me, Wanderlei Silva if he decides not to retire, I think would be able to put on a great fight.”
Philippou (12-2) has now won five consecutive UFC bouts. He added that defeating a fighter the caliber of Boetsch has him “on top of the world right now.”
“Beating a top-five UFC fighter with four straight victories and not very many people go four straight wins in a row,” Philippou said. “I have to say I’m one of the few guys that (has) five (wins) in a row right now.”