UFC middleweight Michael Bisping saw his shot at a title go out the window once again on the cusp of contendership after suffering a knockout loss to Vitor Belfort last weekend at UFC on FX 7. Though down, it looks like “The Count” is certainly not out and could have a chance at getting back in the mix right away rather than build his reputation back up.
As it turns out, 185-pound peer Costa Philippou recently called for a rumble with Bisping. Philippou is on a five-fight winning streak including a finish of highly-touted challenger Tim Boetsch in December. Better yet, Philippou wants to throw down with Bisping in the Brit’s proverbial backyard of London, England.
“I know the UFC doesn’t usually like matching up someone coming off a loss with somebody coming off of a win. In this case it’s a big difference because Bisping is Bisping and he’s been around forever. The guy has fought a who’s who of MMA, I think it works out well for both of us,” said Philippou on BJPenn.com Radio earlier this week. “He gets to fight in his hometown against somebody who is in the Top 5 or Top 10 who has five wins in a row. If he beats me he’ll be right in the mix again and if I beat him I’m right up there too. I think it’s something for him to think about. The guy is a striker who is willing to strike and I’m willing to strike, it’ll make for an exciting fight. If I was him I would take the fight.”
According to Philippou and his management team, the UFC is headed back to London in July with a lineup that would be perfectly suited for Bisping as a headlining draw.
“Being that it would be in his hometown, they wouldn’t have to try and sell the fight. The arena would be sold out in no time, all the tickets would be sold immediately. Bisping is a national hero over there and I wouldn’t mind beating him in his hometown,” concluded Philippou on the potential clash.
The loss to Belfort dropped Bisping’s overall record to 23-5 and was the first time he’d been finished in more than three years. Meanwhile, Philippou is 12-2 and has never suffered a stoppage.
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