UFC Middleweight contender Michael Bisping will look to make a case for his shot at the Middleweight Title when he takes on Jorge Rivera at UFC 127. The Brit has said he wants a shot at Anderson Silva and Silva himself has said he'd like to fight Bisping. Could a commanding victory over Rivera leap frog Bisping into number one contender status?
Bisping talked to ESPN.co.uk about the UFC's matchmaking practices and his thoughts on the bout with Rivera this week:
“I actually asked to fight Nate Marquardt in my next bout, but the UFC weren't interested in doing that fight, which is their decision to make and I respect that. So, after turning down Marquardt, they offered me Jorge Rivera and we went with it. The UFC were convinced it was a good style match-up and that it would produce fireworks and I'm sure that, when all is said and done, they will be right. They felt it had 'Fight of the Night' written all over it and, when you look at it like that, it seems like a good idea. I'm always keen to entertain the fans and put on good fights, and this match with Rivera seems like a decent tear-up on paper. It's my job to fight who the UFC tell me to, so if they feel Rivera is the best match-up for me, I'm not going to argue. They line them up and I knock them down.”