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    After receiving call outs from several Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweights, it appears Constantinos Philippou is the winner of the Michael Bisping sweepstakes.

    Multiple fighters including Philippou, Luke Rockhold, Rich Franklin and Cung Le have expressed interest in fighting "The Count" in recent months, and while Le was the top choice, an injury will keep the former Strikeforce champion on the sidelines beyond Bisping's return date, which is targeted for sometime in the fall in Manchester, England.

    Ariel Helwani reported the news on Tuesday's (July 2, 2013) edition of FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight," stating that the camps of both Bisping and Philippou would like to make a fight happen between the 185-pound contenders.

    After losing his UFC debut on short notice, Philippou (12-2, 1 NC) has reeled off five-straight victories including a third-round (technical) knockout of Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 last December.

    "Costas" was scheduled to face Ronaldo Souza at UFC on FX 8 last May, but was forced to withdraw from the event just weeks before the fight due to a facial laceration suffered in training.

    Since then, Philippou has changed training camps and campaigned for a fight with Bisping and may very well get his wish.

    Bisping (24-5), on the other hand, has been forced to sit on the sidelines since his decision win over Alan Belcher at UFC 159 due a surgery to repair a detached retina in his eye.

    The 34-year-old was on the verge of accomplishing his goal of fighting for the title at the beginning of 2013; however, a head kick knockout loss to Vitor Belfort in January was a massive set back.

    Bisping managed to rally from the devastating loss with a dominant win over Belcher, and should he get by Philippou would be one step closer to earning a No. 1 contenders position.
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    Wait, Bisping chooses the least threatening guy out of all the ones who called him out?

    Future championship material right there.

    Bisping should have accepted Rockhold or Franklin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher View Post
    Wait, Bisping chooses the least threatening guy out of all the ones who called him out?

    Future championship material right there.

    Bisping should have accepted Rockhold or Franklin.
    You could look at it another way and say that he chose (arguably, depending on where you have Rockhold) the highest ranked of them all, and the only one on a significant win streak.

    That being said, I'm already sick of him saying that he deserves a title shot with a win, even though I haven't seen him state that anywhere yet.

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    Bisping is two wins away from a title shot. He beats Costa and then another #5-10 ranked fighter, and they'll be doing Anderson Silva vs Michael Bisping in London.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevoOnTheRadio View Post
    Bisping is two wins away from a title shot. He beats Costa and then another #5-10 ranked fighter, and they'll be doing Anderson Silva vs Michael Bisping in London.
    But Philippou will put an end to that thinking.
    (Honestly I don't think so, but it's always fun to talk trash on Bisping... even though I like him).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher View Post
    Wait, Bisping chooses the least threatening guy out of all the ones who called him out?

    Future championship material right there.

    Bisping should have accepted Rockhold or Franklin.
    I think Le and Phillipou are both bigger threats than Franklin at this point. I can see how you would put Rockhold up there, but I've never been sold on him as a guy who can get a top 5 win.

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    Bisping still only holds a single top 5 win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniggles View Post
    Bisping still only holds a single top 5 win.
    And who would that be?
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    Is it just me, or is bitchping becoming a likeable wwe style heel, if it wasnt for that accent, he'd be Chael Sonnen with better stand up


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