Middleweight Michael Bisping has called the UFC his professional home for more than six years, racking up wins over a number of apt adversaries and establishing himself as one of the most entertaining 185ers in the sport. However, the brash Brit has yet to challenge for divisional gold after coming up short in past attempts at earning top contendership.
The 33-year old is hoping to change that in less than two weeks when he battles Brian Stann at UFC 152. Though not guaranteed, Bisping believes he’ll be bumped up to the front of the line if he can beat Stann convincingly.
“I’ve been here for a long, long time and I’m ready to f*cking take the title off of Anderson Silva. I don’t just want a title-shot, I want to win the title. I’m a fighter, I don’t want a payday – I want to be the champ and I believe I can be,” said Bisping in an interview with MMAWeekly.
Bisping also made it clear he feels he deserves consideration for a crack at the championship before any of his 185-pound peers including unbeaten Chris Weidman.
“Chris Weidman, I think he’s overhyped…up until the point when he fought Demian Maia I had never heard of Chris Weidman before in my life because he had been fighting bums on the undercard. Then he fights Demian Maia and I had to turn the TV off in my dressing room because it was the most boring fight I’ve ever seen in my life,” blasted Bisping. “(After) that he fights Mark Munoz, and yeah he beats him, but if I remember right the crowd booed unbelievably throughout the first round because he just laid on him. Then he knocked him out with an elbow, but that’s due to the fact that Mark Munoz came in out of shape, unfocused, and looking like he was at a rock concert and not a UFC fight.”
Of course, Weidman has his own challenge on the horizon in the form of a December bout with Tim Boetsch, though he too could cement status as #1 contender with a dominant victory.
In the meantime, Bisping will continue focusing on Stann and proving why he is the best choice to threaten Silva’s crown. “The Count” will enter the September 22 fight with a controversial decision loss to Chael Sonnen in his recent rear-view mirror but wins in four straight prior to the defeat and an overall record of 22-4.
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