Michael Bisping wants his turn at trying to dethrone UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva.
“The Ultimate Fighter” season three winner has flirted with number one contendership in the UFC’s middleweight division for a long time, but has never been able to get over the hump and assert himself as the top challenger in the division. Bisping has had two chances to get a crack at the gold in the past when he took on Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen, but he lost those both of those fights
On the FUEL TV post-fight show following UFC 148, the British fighter gave his thoughts in an interview with FUEL TV correspondent Ariel Helwani and passionately explained that he wants to fight Silva. Bisping made a case as to why he can do better than Chael Sonnen against the dominant middleweight champion.
Read what he had to say below.
“Chael Sonnen is a wrestler, he outwrestled him in the first round. The second round he got outstruck because he’s not a striker. I can do both of these, I can wrestle and I can strike. It was an illegal knee, definitely an illegal knee. So maybe it should have been a disqualification. I know a thing or two about illegal knees. But yeah, listen, congrats to Anderson Silva, it was an amazing performance. He’s the champ, man. He’s the champ and I want to fight that guy, I want to fight him.”
“Anderson Silva proves time and time again that he’s the man. He’s the best but I want to fight him. I’ve been around here for a long time, and I think I can beat him, I really do. It’s easy to take Anderson Silva down. Chael is an amazing wrestler, he went to the Olympics I think. Not everybody can do that. I’m not that level of wrestler, I can wrestle a little bit, but I’m not like Chael Sonnen. I can kick box a damn sod better than Chael Sonnen can. I won’t get knocked out in the second round like Chael Sonnen did, that’s a fact.”
“You’re a fool to bet against Anderson, and for me personally, I want to fight the guy because I want to see how I can do against him. I’ve beaten a lot of guys, but I want to fight that guy. I want to see – I think I can do better. And I’m never going to know that until I get in there with him. Yes, I want to fight him. Yes, I want to get paid for a title shot, I want the main event, I want all that. But for me personally, for my mind and soul, I want to fight the guy to know how I would do. Because I think I can do better than Chael Sonnen did, in fact I know I can do better than what Chael Sonnen did.”
After losing to two-time title contender Sonnen, Bisping is likely a few fights away from being awarded a shot at UFC gold. However, this self-reflective analysis of his skill-set makes a solid case for him receiving a shot in the near future.
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