Middleweight Michael Bisping has racked up a number of wins in the Octagon and is the face of the promotion in the United Kingdom. Still, despite his combination of in-ring success and mainstream popularity, Bisping has yet to earn a title-shot and, at minimum, will have to get by Vitor Belfort in January if hoping to change that at any point soon.
While Bisping has always been a company man, the UFC’s recent decision to award Chael Sonnen yet another crack at a championship irked the brash Brit to the point he felt like venting.
“I can understand it from a business perspective because Chael sells, but it’s frustrating because I’ve been waiting my whole career for a title-shot, and the guy’s had three out of his last five fights be title fights,” said Bisping in an interview with ESPN before reiterating he gets the UFC’s decision, adding he expects a terrific season on TUF 17 when Sonnen coaches against Jon Jones.
Sonnen was handed the bout with Jones for reasons unrelated to his performance in the Octagon, baiting “Bones” with trash-talk and prompting the UFC to make a grab for ratings by having the two face off. He has never won at 205 pounds under the organization’s banner.
Interestingly enough, Bisping would have received one of the title-fights Sonnen did had he beaten him this past January. However, Sonnen came away with a controversial split decision nod to cement his status as the top challenger. He then went on to sufferer a second-round TKO to middleweight king Anderson Silva at UFC 148.
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