Michael Bisping has made a name for himself by being a brash, outspoken fighter from England. He has two coaching stints on The Ultimate Fighter, and is a product of the reality show himself.
Bisping, who is currently coaching opposite Jason Miller and will meet “Mayhem” in December, believes he is the next man to oppose UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva so long as he takes care of “Mayhem” in convincing fashion.
“The Count” has won his last three fights, including a TKO over Jorge Rivera at UFC 127 in February. He is 7-2 since 2008, with the two defeats coming at the hands of Dan Henderson and Wanderlei Silva.
“I feel I deserve a shot. I have got to beat Miller, he is tough. I am not looking past him. (But) it’s me, I’m the contender,” said Bisping, in an interview with Fighters Only Magazine recently. “(Vitor) Belfort has just been beat, Yushin Okami has just been beat, (Chael) Sonnen got beat. What are they going to do…keep beating each other up and then have another shot at him? No, I’m the contender.”
Bisping was nearing a title shot before falling to Henderson after the two coached against one another on TUF. The only other defeat of Bisping’s career came to Rashad Evans by Split Decision in 2007, as he is 21-3 with 13 knockouts.
“I feel I match quite well with Anderson believe it or not, I think stylistically I will give him a good match up,” Bisping said. “I will do a better job than everyone has lately. The last fight Anderson had was against Sonnen.”
Since defeating Sonnen with a fifth round submission, “The Spider” has stopped Belfort in the first round with a front kick and Okami in the second by TKO.
“So yeah, if I get my shot…listen, it’s easier said than done,” Bisping said. “You can sit here and say, ‘You’ve got to do this against Anderson,’ – getting in the cane and doing it to him is a completely different kettle of fish. But I feel I have earned the right to have my shot.”
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