Bisping only calls out champions… and he readily admits, he’s in no position to be doing that at the moment.
Ever since emerging from season three of The Ultimate Fighter in 2006, Bisping has taken aim at winning a UFC championship. He’s said time and time again that is his goal.
But time and time again, he’s fallen one step short of earning the title shot that might allow him to achieve his goal.
Over the past couple of years, while remaining a ranked middleweight talent, Bisping has alternated between wins and losses, not exactly the track record that puts a fighter in the thick of title talk mix.
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Having lost to Tim Kennedy in his last trip to the Octagon, Bisping needed the victory over Le to help keep him from being relegated to permanent gatekeeper status, and he knew it.
“It was a good win over a good opponent, but I’ve got to build on that,” said Bisping at the post-fight press conference in Macao. “This was a very important fight for me. I had to win this fight, simple as that. And I wanted to stop him as well.
“I’m sure you guys are sick of hearing me saying I’m one of the best and this and that. Losing fights doesn’t go hand in hand with proclaiming to be one of the best. So I needed a good performance. I’m happy with that.”
As for Rockhold, Bisping wasn’t exactly calling him out during his post-fight interview with Kenny Florian.
“The guy has been calling me out constantly after every fight. He talks about me, tweets about me, 20 times a day. As I said, I think the guy is obsessed with me,” said Bisping. “If that’s what he wants, great.
“I’m in no position right now to be calling out the champion. I don’t understand why people call me out. I’m the like five, six, seven guy or whatever. If I call someone out, I want to call out the champion. I’m not in a position to do that right now. I’ve got to build on tonight.”
Rockhold, the former Strikeforce champion, has been angling for either a rematch with Vitor Belfort or a shot at UFC champ Chris Weidman. When it became apparent that neither would happen any time soon – they’re fighting each other in December – Rockhold turned up his rhetoric targeted at Bisping.
And that’s just fine by Bisping. Without a title shot of his own on the horizon, he’ll fight whomever the UFC puts in front of him… even Rockhold.
“Whoever they want me to fight, I’ll fight,” he declared. “I’ve always been that guy. I’ve never turned down an opponent. If (Rockhold) wants to get it on, I have no problem (with that).”