Bisping was scheduled to fight Robert Whittaker at UFC 193 next month, but due to some bone chips in his arm, he had to withdraw. Not long ago, Silva relayed that a bout with Bisping could get signed for next April, after the former champ’s one year suspension is up.
Well, Bisping has denied that the bout has been proposed, and while speaking to MMA Junkie.com Radio recently, “The Count” said this (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“You know, to be honest, I’ve always wanted to fight Anderson Silva,” Bisping said. “Everybody knows that. That’s been well documented. But, I don’t know if I feel the same about that right now. The fact is, I kind of said to myself recently, ‘Anybody that tests positive for performance-enhancing drugs, I want no part of it.’ As far as I’m concerned, you’ve been a cheat. I don’t think that at 39 years old, having the career that Anderson Silva had, I don’t think you make the decision at 39 years old to try this new thing called steroids. I think he must have been on the juice the whole time…”
Wow. Now considering Bisping has faced several fighters to date, who have then go on to fail post-fight drug tests, you can understand why he feels the way he does. One would think, however, that if the UFC comes calling and asks him to fight Silva, Bisping will ultimately say yes. It would be a big fight for both men, and it’s a match-up that would also move some serious tickets.
Then again, maybe Bisping would put his foot down and ask for a different scrap. It will be interesting to see what goes down; no question.
The 36 year-old middleweight contender is coming off decision wins over Thales Leites and CB Dollaway in 2015.