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Michael Bisping Wants Title Shot in 2012

Posted on by Damon Martin

UFC Fighter Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping

If there’s one thing lacking in Michael Bisping’s game, confidence isn’t it.

As he heads into his main event fight against Jason “Mayhem” Miller at The Ultimate Fighter finale this weekend, Bisping has every intention of dispatching of his fellow coach and then making a charge towards the UFC middleweight title in 2012.

Bisping actually had his eyes set on a potential No. 1 contender’s fight after facing Miller this weekend, but understands either way, he’ll be waiting a bit longer for the chance to face Anderson Silva.

However it happens though, Bisping is gunning for the belt next year.

“People are going to say ‘oh he’s so full of himself’ but I think the fact of the matter is I’m one of the best. I’m one of the best in the world, simple as that really,” Bisping said during a recent appearance on MMAWeekly Radio.

“I’ve been fighting for a long time now. I’ve only ever been stopped once. I’m definitely one of the best middleweights in the world. I’m going to prove that. I’m going to take Miller out. He doesn’t even deserve to be in the same cage as me, and I’m going to get my shot at the world title next year.”

Originally, Chael Sonnen was scheduled to face middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the first part of 2012, and Bisping was hoping to face Mark Munoz after fighting Miller this weekend.

Now with Silva on the shelf until mid-2012, Bisping is assuming he’ll have to fight someone else with Sonnen and Munoz likely headed towards the UFC on Fox 2 headliner in January with the winner getting the first crack at Silva when he returns.

“I thought Chael Sonnen was going to be fighting Anderson Silva, then I thought a logical match-up would have been me and Mark Munoz, but obviously that’s not going to happen now. It’s going to be Chael Sonnen and Mark (Munoz), and the winner of that is going to face Anderson Silva,” said Bisping.

“After I beat Miller, I’m going to have to face somebody else in the meantime. Hopefully get through them and then fight for the title. Looking into my crystal ball, I win (over Miller), and I win the next fight, I should be fighting for the title towards the middle of next year, I would hope.”

As far as potential competitors to face after the Miller fight, Bisping doesn’t really care. He just wants to prove himself in the middleweight division and show he belongs in the cage with someone the likes of Anderson Silva.

“The middleweight division right now is absolutely stacked, so there’s a lot of good challenges out there for me,” said Bisping. “I’m ready. I’m 32. I’ve been involved in this sport for a long time. I’ve learned the hard way. I’ve learned from my mistakes, and now I feel I’m in my prime and I’m ready to go.”

Assuming the winner of Sonnen and Munoz face Silva next, Bisping wants to be the next challenger on the UFC’s list of contenders. Ideally, Bisping would love the chance to face Silva most of all, just because the Brazilian has built up a legendary status in the sport and still sits undefeated in the UFC.

Don’t take Bisping’s desire to face Silva as dissing the champion, however; it’s quite the opposite. He wants to face the best, and the Brit knows Silva is the greatest fighter the UFC has ever seen.

“It doesn’t matter who the champion is, I want to fight for the title, but I want to face Anderson Silva of course. Listen, I’m not about to sit here and disrespect Anderson Silva, the guy’s amazing. He’s pound-for-pound the best in the world and an icon of the sport. I’m a fan, I love watching the guy fight, but I want to fight him of course,” said Bisping.

“I feel I match up pretty well with the guy. I can definitely give him some problems. I’d definitely turn up and fight him as opposed to some of the people that he’s fought recently. I’d love to challenge the best guy on the planet, that’s what we’re here to do.”

If Bisping can get past Miller on Saturday and then collect one more win in 2012, he might just get his chance to find out.


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  • ajmadic

    He has to be joking?

    • troop

      Got to be! Title shot ONLY if he beats Miller, then Sonnen and then still debatable. I would think he’d have to beat both ‘in impressive fashion’ to earn a title shot.
      side bar: if Sonnen is fighting Bisping/Miller winner, does that mean Munoz will fight Belfort/Johnson winner? OR does this mean that if Belfort wins, we get the rumored Belfort/Silva as coaches of TUF Brazil?
      Lastly, does Dan Hendo figure into this equation anywhere? Maybe he’s the one to fight Silva when he and Silva are both healed up in 6 months.

  • bajafox

    Shouldn’t he beat somebody in the top 5 before getting a title shot?

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregoryburcham gregburcham

    I agree with bajafox. He stepped in there with a top rated guy like Hendo and to KO’d without much trouble. He should be thinking about how to beat Mayhem instead of worrying about a title shot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501891998 josehernandez

    Bisping should face Bryan Stann, Mike Mazenzio or Aaron Simpson or someone in that level prior to talking about title shots. Bisping would get creamed by Sonnen and/or Munoz!! He is nowhere near a title shot right now!! Perhaps, a re-match between Bisping and “Red” Schafer is in order. :)

  • KBEsq

    “I pose some problems for A. Silva that other guys haven’t”

    I am actually having legitimate trouble thinking of a fighter that Silva would have an easier time defeating than Bisbing.

    What problems does he pose? Is he talking about the unmeasurable chasm between their respective stand up ability, or the nearly unmeasurable (but still almost unmeasurable) chasm between their respective ground abilities?

  • Jmoney

    IF bisbing gets passed Miller. he should get Anthony Johnson if he gets passed Vitor in brazil.

    would love to see johnson put a beating on bisping.

    dont think binping will ever get a shot at silva … not even close to being on his level

  • therealmo

    Actually beat a credible opponent before you go crying for a title shot

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1684821506 raymondlaw

    LMFAO, he needs to get tested for drugs. This guy is a joke. When I look at him, all I see is him laying on the mat looking as though he just got hit by a taser, which he did…Hendo’s right hand. I hope Miller kicks his ass.

  • bajafox

    Munoz, Stann, Sonnen, those 3 guys alone would keep him from ever getting a title shot

  • trevor

    Wow! For once no keyboard, basement warriors are disagreeing, not calling each other names etc..haha. Finally everyone can agree Micheal the Counted out Bisping is a legend in his own mind.
    He sucks balls straight up and hopefully can sell his name to some U.K. organization because his future in the UFC is not bright.

  • fsunoles09

    i been gettin on here for a while now reading articles and i have to say people seem to be underestimating miller, dudes a beast on the ground and his stand up isnt bad either i got miller by 2nd maybe 3rd round submission.

  • fsunoles09

    and trvor he better start making moves towards bamma hah

  • bjjsmith

    set him up vs channing tatum first,he would still gat beat like a girl.Dana is a bitch though and gives anyone a shot at a title

  • fsunoles09

    set em up with any kind of real contender and i dont really see him doin much id actually love to see bisping leben again i think it would be a diffrent fight this time around

  • philipzenn

    What a meathead Bisping is! Great Britain should recall him as an embarrassment to the country!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=637384521 chadwanca

    im glad this fight is free im not going to waste my money to see dickping fight…

  • babyface1assasin

    I think you all are chatting sh*t and let your peronal dislikes of the guy change your opinion on him as a fighter…..The guy has good stand up with good defensive wrestling and jujitsu, not a great style to face anderson silva but would give him more than a chance against sonnen or munoz (who seems to be the latest internet craze) The guy talks too much yea, but too say we as a country should dis own him, when you’ve got jokes like chael sonnen, (drugs using money laundering meat head) running his mouth just to get abit of tv time you guys should go beat off over jon jones, oh and and i agree fsunoles miller is understimated in this fight i think he will stand and put up a fight.