Michael Bisping: “If I beat Brian Stann, I’ll get the title-shot.”

UFC middleweight Chris Weidman might technically be the division’s top contender but Michael Bisping is confident that status won’t hold up if he executes the way he knows he can against Brian Stann at UFC 152. Bisping was on the cusp of challenging for the title before his previous bout resulted in a controversial decision loss to Chael Sonnen, a fight he took on short notice no less.

Now, with an opponent like Stann in front of him, Bisping believes the crack at Anderson Silva’s championship is his to take on September 22.

Bisping Blasts the Idea of Weidman as #1 Contender

“I’ve been talking about being a top contender for a long time. But the world title seems to always be one or two fights away. If I beat Brian Stann, I’ll get the title-shot,” said Bisping in an interview with MMAFighting.

Though “The Count” knows Stann’s skills are to be respected, Bisping is equally sure his American adversary is inferior to him in an overall sense when it comes to technical prowess.

“It’s a tough fight. He hits hard. He will try to knock me out from the opening bell,” admitted Bisping before turning to his own abilities. “I’ve been working with a new boxing coach. Technically, I’m faster than I’ve ever been. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been. I’m athletically way better. And I’m mentally more prepared as well.”

Bisping will enter the fight with an overall record of 22-4, while Stann is 12-4 but is coming off back-to-back finishes and could also establish him as a threat at the top of the middleweight class if victorious.

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