UFC middleweight Michael Bisping respects champion Anderson Silva’s right to pursue a super-fight with Georges St-Pierre or take an extended break from competition to focus on personal goals. However, Bisping isn’t nearly as appreciative of Silva holding the divisional title hostage while he figures out what he wants to do.
The 33-year old Brit recently spoke about the situation where his displeasure with the dynamic Silva’s approach was clearly evident.
“I kind of feel like he’s maybe having a little bit of fun with it sometimes, but this isn’t a comedy program. This is the UFC, and this is fighting. It’s serious business,” explained Bisping in an interview with MMAJunkie. “If you want to take a year out, take a year out. If you don’t want to take a year out, fight the No. 1 contender. Anderson is the best, but you’ve got to defend that title.”
“It just sucks for the fans that want to see Anderson fight. It sucks for the fighters that want to fight Anderson for his belt, and it sucks for the UFC, as well,” he concluded.
Bisping also made a suggestion he thought might work for all involved parties, providing Silva an avenue to do anything he wants while keeping the UFC’s pack pack of hungry 185-pound contenders satisfied as well.
“Perhaps he vacates the belt, and when he’s ready to come back, he gets an immediate title shot and fights the new champion then,” offered up Bisping.
Before concerning himself too much with the champion’s status Bisping will need to defeat Vitor Belfort in January at UFC on FX 7. If successful, the performance will mark his sixth win in seven bouts with the lone exception being a controversial decision loss to Chael Sonnen.
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