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Michael Bisping: “Up until recently, no one had a clue who Chris Weidman was.”

UFC middleweight Michael Bisping has never been afraid to speak his mind even if his opinions aren’t often politically correct or popular with the masses. In that vein, “The Count” recently decided to give his thoughts on the contendership picture at 185 pounds where he aimed criticism at Chris Weidman’s right to a title-shot and lent support to champion Anderson Silva’s camp.

Weidman positioned himself for a potential title-shot with July stoppage of Mark Munoz, though Silva’s team has shrugged off the idea of a bout with the unbeaten up-and-comer based on his relative lack of name value. Apparently, Bisping agrees with their stance on the situation.

“I think the only contenders left that he hasn’t fought are myself and Chris Weidman. I think Chris Weidman, whilst being a fantastic fighter, all the rest of it still needs to generate a little more hype. You know, no one really knows who he is. So, he needs some more big wins,” said Bisping in an interview with MMA Fight Corner, explaining he’s also spoken to matchmaker Joe Silva who has hinted the TUF winner could leapfrog Weidman for the top spot with an impressive victory against Brian Stann at UFC 152.

“I’ve been there in the UFC now for six years, fighting the best the UFC’s had to offer and I’m still here. I’ve got a stellar record and I want to fight the champ. Obviously I got to earn that right, and that starts on September 22 Pay Per View against Brian Stann. I’m training as hard as I ever trained. I’ve got a fantastic camp going on. Other than that, I’m going to go out there to completely embarrass Brian Stann. I’m going to prove that I’m in a completely different league, beat the crap out of him and take my title shot,” bragged a confident Bisping.

Elaborating on Silva’s refusal to fight Weidman, Bisping pointed to Silva having earned the right to pick his opponents, failing to fault him for not taking on whomever the UFC puts in front of him.

“At the end of the day, Anderson Silva is the biggest name in the sport right now. I could agree with (his position) to be honest. He’s been the champ since 2006. He’s making more money than anybody else. He’s taking people out and he captures the imagination of the UFC fans. Every time he wins a fight, he does it super impressively and he does it with a move out The Matrix. The guy is a master, he’s a man of the moment and he has been for a long, long time. Of course when you’ve been at the top and you’ve been the champ that long, of course you get to say who you fight,” began Bisping, adding, “I don’t think a fight against Chris Weidman would generate the most (PPV buys). Up until recently, no one had a clue who Chris Weidman was. I didn’t. The only thing I knew about Chris Weidman was that I was watching his fight prior to my fight with Chael Sonnen backstage in Chicago before I went out and I had to turn it off because I was trying to get geared up for my fight and watching him fight was like watching paint dry. So, I’m not sure who’s going to pay 60 dollars to watch him get beat up by Anderson Silva.”

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