Michael Bisping is ready for his title shot. After over six years of overall success in the UFC, the brash Brit would love nothing more than to test himself against worlds best 185 pounder Anderson Silva. To do so he will need to get past the dangerous veteran Vitor Belfort, who he holds highly in the rankings.
Bisping seems to be very aware of the danger that “The Phenom” possesses, even going as far as to mention the controversial punches to the back of the head that took place against Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133 in 2011.
“He’s a southpaw. I think that’s one of the main things that complicates things because it changes up the striking. He’s very good at jiu-jitsu, but that doesn’t concern me. I don’t think he’s going to be looking to take me down and submit me. I think the main thing I’ve got to watch out for is punches to the back of the head. Got to watch out for those rabbit punches, because he does like to punch people in the back of the head.”
The TUF winner is all but sure that the win would assure a title shot in 2013 against Silva.
“If I beat Vitor Belfort, I think there’s no question that I’m the No. 1 contender,” Bisping asserted. “And I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is. I think I deserve it. If I beat Vitor, I deserve it. If I don’t beat him, then I don’t deserve to be in a title fight anyway.” – via MMAFighting.com.