Michael Bisping (23-4) recently told Tatame that he agrees with UFC president Dana White that current middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-4) is the greatest fighter in MMA history.
“Anderson Silva is the greatest fighter that ever existed in MMA,” said Bisping to TATAME. “He’s the best fighter on the planet. He’s the guy I want to face because he is the best and I want to challenge myself against the best.”
Bisping takes on Vitor Belfort (21-10) this month. If Bisping is able to secure the win, White has said that a future title shot is his. It would be the first title shot Bisping has ever had in his six year UFC career. On several occasions he was close to being the No. 1 contender, but it always fell out of his grasp.
If Bisping does earn a championship shot, he said that he would just look for the win against Silva and wasn’t sure if there was a strategy. Bisping went on that he would train like crazy and that was all he could say about the possible fight at the time.
“I want to be champion and I have only one path to accomplish that goal and that is fighting Anderson Silva,” said Bisping.
Silva has not been defeated since he debuted for the UFC in 2006. He holds several UFC records which includes 16 consecutive wins, 10 successful middleweight title defenses and 14 fight stoppages. All are UFC records that no other fighter is close to matching. Silva’s return to the Octagon is not known.
Bisping vs. Belfort is set to headline UFC on FX 7 out of Brazil on January 19.