As usual, the U.K. stand-out, Michael Bisping (22-4) tells it how he thinks it is. And yes it includes him with the middleweight title. The way Bisping sees it, the controversial fight between himself and Sonnen ended with a robbery. Should Sonnen take the title at UFC 148, July 7, Bisping believes it is the rematch of Sonnen which will be his path to the title. Via The MMA Hour:
Listen, 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, then I would like a rematch. I would like my instant rematch with Chael. Everybody else gets their rematches. Frankie Edgar gets his, I don’t know, everyone seems to get their rematch so I would like my rematch and I would like to fight Chael and for the belt. If Anderson wins, sure I’d take the title fight, I said IF Chael wins. Listen, Anderson Silva is the greatest fighter in the history of the sport, he is an absolute legend and it will be an honor to fight him, that’s what I wanted to do my whole career. I want to fight Anderson Silva, so yeah, if Anderson wins, of course I’d like the title fight. I think I’ve done enough to warrant a title shot. I’ve been around the sport long enough and have been consistent, I’m on a good win streak apart from a couple of bogus decisions, I haven’t lost a fight since the Dan Henderson fight. That’s my only loss other than a couple of judges decisions where they felt I lost the fight. But, other than a shot at the title, there are some interesting opportunities. There is Brian Stann, I know he is injured, there is Vitor Belfort, the middleweight division is very stacked and there is not a shortage of people who want to knock me out.”
Then of course there is the recent talks by President Dana White of Hector Lombard possibly earning a shot with an impressive outing in his UFC debut. That possibility does not sit well for the UFC vet.
Massively, massively pissed off. Listen, I understand the UFC’s decision, the reason why I haven’t had a title shot is because of me, I’m a realist and I understand what’s happening. I have been in the position to fight for the title several times and have been in number one contender match-up’s several times. So I’ve got no one to blame but myself, I’m not blaming the UFC, I’m not angry with the UFC. If I had beaten Dan Henderson I would have fought for the title but I didn’t , If I had beaten Chael Sonnen I’d be fighting Anderson in Brazil, but I didn’t , I was robbed by the judges, it wasn’t the UFC. So yeah, it’s frustrating to see someone coming from Bellator. I will be honest, I have never seen the guy fight once because I’ve never seen Bellator, I don’t watch it, I have no interest. By all accounts he’s an aggressive fighter and he knocks people out, but I have never seen him fight. He could be the best thing since sliced bread, I don’t’ know. But what I do know is that he has never fought in the UFC, so why the fuck is he getting a title shot?“