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Michael Bisping cheering for Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 for personal reasons

Michael Bisping will likely be rooting for Chael Sonnen when his polarizing peer takes on UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva next month at UFC 148. However, his stance has nothing to do with Bisping being a fan of Sonnen’s – it has to do with where he stands in the division.

UFC President Dana White’s endorsement after a razor-thin loss to Sonnen earlier this year along with a talk with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva have “The Count” feeling good about his standing with a Sonnen victory.

“(Joe Silva) said it all depends on what happens between Sonnen and Anderson. He said if Anderson wins, I might be sitting around for a while,” revealed Bisping in a recent interview with ESPN. “So *IF* Chael wins, I might get to fight (for the title). But I haven’t been told anything official.”

Of course, Bisping must also get past Tim Boetsch when the two square off at UFC 149 for the situation to truly come into play.