Though Michael “The Count” Bisping will be fighting Brazilian Demian Maia at UFC on Fox 2, “Captain America,” Randy Couture thinks the British heel is ready now.

via ESPN:

“I think he probably does. He’s right up there in the top four or five guys in that weight class. You can split hairs on deciding who the No. 1 contender is. He’s coming off a great outing against Jason Miller, weathered a storm and had the conditioning and great technique to finish the fight well. He’s one of the top guys so why not?”

Has retirement skewed the legends rankings or does a four-fight win-streak including the recent decimation of “Mayhem” Miller at the TUF 14 finale equate enough victories to be the top contender? Either way Bisping will need to get past Demian at UFC on Fox 2 in order to be in consideration for the shot against a healed up Anderson Silva.