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Michael Bisping holding out hope for rematch with a championship-wearing Chael Sonnen

UFC middleweight Michael Bisping may be sidelined at the moment with a knee injury but he’s already got designs on an opponent for his return bout – Chael Sonnen. The two fought to a close decision earlier this year with the judges scoring things in Sonnen’s favor and the court of public opinion ruling the other way.

Though Sonnen is currently busy preparing for a crack at beating 185-pound king Anderson Silva on July 7 at UFC 148, if all goes according to plan he will be ready to compete again around the same time Bisping has recovered fully. With a potential title in tow, Bisping apparently sees an opportunity to both settle the controversy surrounding their earlier meeting in addition to putting on an entertaining championship bout.

“It was a close fight with Chael Sonnen, but the general consensus is that I won the fight. So, if Chael beats Anderson, and that’s a big if – IF Chael beats Anderson, then I would like a rematch. I would like my instant rematch with Chael,” said Bisping yesterday on The MMA Hour. “Everybody else gets their rematches. Frankie Edgar gets his, I don’t know, everybody seems to get a rematch if it’s a close fight so I would like my rematch and I would like to fight Chael for the rematch and for the belt.”

“I think I’ve done enough to warrant a title-shot,” he continued. “I’ve been around the sport long enough. I’ve been consistent. I’m on a good win streak. Apart from a couple of bogus decisions I’ve never lost a fight since the Dan Henderson fight.”

The 22-4 Bisping had won four straight entering his bout with Sonnen and hasn’t fought since. Those consecutive victories came against Dan Miller, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Jorge Rivera, and Jason Miller. He undergoes surgery tomorrow to repair his knee and will miss about a month while rehabbing.