Bisping (23-4), who has been a longtime contender in the UFC at 185-pounds, has never been able to cement himself as the number one contender. After the 33-year-old picked up a unanimous decision win over Brian Stann at UFC 152 in Sept., opinions rose that the British fighter should be the next to challenge for the gold. Even UFC president Dana White recently said Silva vs. Bisping “would be an interesting fight”.
While some may be think Bisping’s long-awaited title shot is fast approaching, the 17-fight UFC veteran thinks differently. With Silva slated to fight Stephan Bonnar in a light heavyweight bout at UFC 153 this Saturday and a superfight with welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre looking more and more likely to materialize, Bisping thinks it will be quite some time until he finds himself fighting for the title.
“To be honest right now, I don’t think I’m going to be fighting for the title soon.” Bisping said in an interview with MMA Elite. “Obviously Anderson’s fighting this weekend against Stephan Bonnar and, you know, I think they want him to fight GSP. Anderson said this week as well his focus right now is on GSP so, we’ll see, it’s a little frustrating for myself but you know I just want to keep fighting whoever the UFC says I’ll fight and eventually I’ll get my shot, you know?”
“Just keep beating guys eventually I will get my shot and I will be the champion.”
Some fighters in Bisping’s position would wait on the sidelines to see how certain situations unfold, but not “The Count”. Bisping wants to get back in the cage immediately and continue to prove his worth and solidify his top contenders status.
“Hopefully it’s not going to be a big long layoff,” said Bisping. “I’m hoping to get in there ASAP.”
Although the UFC middleweight division is arguably in its most competitive state in history, “The Ultimate Fighter” season three winner is unsure of who he will be matched up with next as a majority of the top-10 fighters in his division are booked for fights before the end of the year.
“Right now I mean all the contenders that I wanted to fight they’ve all got fights,” Bisping explained. “Alan Belcher’s fighting Okami, I’d like to fight him. Chris Weidman’s fighting Tim Boetsch, I’d like to fight Chris Weidman.
“So all the contenders they’re all taken, they’re all booked up, you know they’re all ducking me, they’re all avoiding me and listen, I just want to keep fighting I love what I do, I love being part of the UFC..”