With the season 14 debut of the ‘Ultimate Fighter’ just a week away, returning coach Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping may be focused on his upcoming fight with Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller, but he still hasn’t forgotten about his ultimate goal…
The UFC middleweight title.
As a winner of three fights in a row and four out of his last 5, Bisping believes that he’s at least one spoke in the wheel remaining that UFC champion Anderson Silva hasn’t vanquished yet.
“I do get frustrated when I hear people say that Anderson Silva‘s wiped out the middleweight division. He hasn’t wiped out the middleweight division, he hasn’t fought me yet. I feel I match up very well with him,” Bisping told MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.
“I’m not disrespecting Anderson. Anderson rightly so is regarded as the pound for pound best in the world, and I’m a big fan of him. But I feel like I’d give him a good fight and I feel I match up a lot better with him than a lot of the other fighters he’s faced.”
The brash Brit has never been one to back down from a challenge, and Bisping is ready and willing to challenge Silva if presented with the opportunity.
Whether Bisping will get that chance based on his next fight remains a mystery.
To get the fight with Miller and to coach on the ‘Ultimate Fighter’, Bisping has had to put his career on hold for several months, but he still didn’t hesitate to accept the job.
See, the former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ winner will face his fellow coach Jason Miller in the finale show in December, and while he’s looking forward to punching the former host of MTV’s Bully Beatdown, he’s not sure it’s the fight that will push him over the top into title contention.
“The reality is there is a downside, the downside is it means almost 10 months out of the game, which I like to stay active. It means taking a fight against Jason Miller, which with respect probably doesn’t get me a title shot by beating him,” Bisping stated.
“Maybe beating Miller is the guy. I mean I’ve got a decent streak, I’ve only been beaten once at middleweight, I’ve been around the UFC for a long time, I’ve beaten tough guys consistently for a long time. I feel like I’m going to get a title shot real, real soon.”
Never say never is the attitude that Bisping has heading into his showdown with Miller because anything is possible.
If he’s able to go out and dispatch of the always tough Miller in impressive fashion, maybe the UFC takes notice and gives him a shot at the seemingly unbeatable Anderson Silva. If not, Bisping is happy to keep plugging away until he can’t be ignored any longer.
“Hopefully, I beat Miller, I do a good job, I do it in style, who knows maybe that will get me the title shot,” Bisping stated. “If not, definitely I think one more fight and I should get that shot pretty soon.”