Michael Bisping looks at the current state of the middleweight division and realizes that there aren’t many names left to challenge champion Anderson Silva. The Brit figures Chris Weidman is the only name left, but didn’t give him a chance at stopping who many consider the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
“I suppose he’s the only logical match up,” said Bisping on FUEL TV. “Weidman’s left, so I suppose by default Chris Weidman gets a shot at the title. He gets a shot at the title, but he does not have a shot [at winning] the title.”
Bisping sees losses by Alan Belcher, Tim Boetsch, Vitor Belfort and his own as reasoning for the call.
Belcher lost a decision to Yushin Okami at UFC 155. Constantinos Philippou stopped Boetsch on the same card. Back at UFC 126, Silva knocked out Belfort in round one with a front kick. It was last month that Belfort crushed Bisping’s chance at the gold when he took a second round stoppage.
Weidman is undefeated in his nine fight career. He has finished three of his five UFC wins. He is currently out of action with a shoulder injury.
The UFC has not confirmed Silva’s return inside the Octagon or named an opponent for when that does happen.