Michael Bisping has never really been in the running for a shot at the title. He's been close, but juuuuuuuust missed the mark. That is, until he took down Anderson Silva a month ago, winning by decision.
With that win under his belt, Bisping now feels as if he's earned a shot at the title. At least, that's what he told UFC president Dana White. He sat down with The MMA Hour to chat about that conversation.
"He said ‘what's next?' I said ‘you know I want that title shot, Dana.' He said ‘let's see how things play out.' I said ‘Dana, I think I deserve that shot.' Of course he said ‘let's see how these things play out.' I said ‘you son of a b***h‘ But, I'm happy to wait, I deserve the next shot."
As luck would have it, the current title holder is Luke Rockhold... the only fighter to have beaten Bisping in his last fives outings to the octagon. In fact, it seems as if every fighter that's in the current rotation that has a shot to fight Rockhold for the title, have all fought Rockhold previously.
"I think I deserve it. I think the middleweight division is a complicated landscape at the moment. I don't see who there is next. I see Jacare [Souza] beating Vitor [Belfort]. But no matter who wins, they'd all be rematches. Mine would be a rematch, Jacare would be a rematch, Vitor would be a rematch, Weidman is a rematch. I think mine is a compelling case, and we'll see what the UFC wants to do, but I deserve it."
What pushes Bisping to the top of the running? According to Bisping, his win over Silva.
"I just beat Anderson Silva, I think that sells it in itself. I've won 4 out of 5, I've fought nothing but the best fighters in the world --Nate Diaz may be getting a title shot at Robbie Lawler at welterweight for beating a 145er, okay? Now he gets a welterweight title shot? C'mon I just beat Anderson Silva."
Rockhold's next fight will be a rematch with Chris Weidman at UFC 199. Maybe Bisping will get a shot at the winner of that fight... who know, this is the UFC...where anything is possible.