The UFC has been pushing Michael Bisping since they first realized the growing market that could be developed in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately for Bisping, he has had a problem being consistent in the Octagon and has always come up short when title-shots were on the line. Bisping now has a fight set with Vitor Belfort, and “The Count” feels that with a win he should be the next in line for a crack at the pound-for-pound king and middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Bisping told MMAFighting:
“If I beat Vitor Belfort, I think there’s no question that I’m the No. 1 contender,” Bisping asserted. “And I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is. I think I deserve it. If I beat Vitor, I deserve it. If I don’t beat him, then I don’t deserve to be in a title fight anyway.”
“Listen, would I like to fight for the title? Of course I would. But that opportunity hasn’t been presented. By all accounts, I think Anderson Silva is probably going to be fighting GSP, if GSP beats Condit next. Yeah, a lot of people want me to fight for the title, but as I said that opportunity isn’t there right now. I want to continue fighting. The more I fight, the better I get. The more time I spend in a training camp, the more I improve. I want to fight the best guys out there.”
“In my opinion, the hardest fight in the 185 [pound] division, other than Anderson Silva, is Vitor Belfort,” Bisping said.
“He’s a southpaw. I think that’s one of the main things that complicates things because it changes up the striking. He’s very good at jiu-jitsu, but that doesn’t concern me. I don’t think he’s going to be looking to take me down and submit me. I think the main thing I’ve got to watch out for is punches to the back of the head. Got to watch out for those rabbit punches, because he does like to punch people in the back of the head.”
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