First we hear Anderson Silva is only looking to finish out four more fights, and now we’re hearing manager Ed Soares say that Silva would like to fight Michael “The Count” Bisping in one of those last four.
Via Sherdog Radio – Transcribed by MMAMania:
“I’ll be honest with you: I never even really thought of Bisping too much. Not that I didn’t respect him as a fighter — I do. It was just that it didn’t cross my mind because there’s so many things happening all the time. People talk about Chael and Brian Stann, and sometimes people are focused on the TUF show. But I think Bisping could be a good opportunity. GSP could be a good opportunity. There’s a lot of great opportunities, and I do think the Chael fight could potentially sell. It could be a big seller. I think it could be a huge pay-per-view. So I see all angles of it, but I’m just expressing what Anderson has talked to me about. That’s how he feels.”
Of course for the “opportune” match-up with the Brit, Bisping will need to get past his TUF opposition in Jason “Mayhem” Miller at the TUF finale in December.
Perhaps the angle that Soares is going for is the continued respect from the UK Silva would gain by defeating their biggest MMA icon. Either that or you could take the stance that many others assume, which is Silva would love a chance to showcase some striking on a lower par brawler in Bisping.