Fresh off of his victory over MMA legend Anderson Silva, longtime contender Michael Bisping is making it clear that he feels he deserves the next shot at the UFC Middleweight Championship.
On Monday’s edition of “The MMA Hour” at MMAFighting.com, “The Count” spoke about a recent telephone conversation he had with UFC President Dana White where the subject of the UFC Middleweight title came up.
“He said ‘what’s next?'” Bisping said of White. “I said ‘you know I want that title shot, Dana.’ He said ‘let’s see how things play out.’ I said ‘Dana, I think I deserve that shot.’ Of course he said ‘let’s see how these things play out.’ I said ‘you son of a b—-‘ But, I’m happy to wait, I deserve the next shot.”
As Bisping went on to point out, with Yoel Romero tied up with his USADA issues, the rest of the deserving contenders in the division would be rematches for the champion, making the time perfect for a Bisping title shot.
“I think I deserve it,” Bisping said. “I think the middleweight division is a complicated landscape at the moment. I don’t see who there is next. I see Jacare [Souza] beating Vitor [Belfort]. But no matter who wins, they’d all be rematches. Mine would be a rematch, Jacare would be a rematch, Vitor would be a rematch, Weidman is a rematch. I think mine is a compelling case, and we’ll see what the UFC wants to do, but I deserve it.”
If that weren’t enough, Bisping brought some more facts and stats to the table to argue his case.
“I just beat Anderson Silva, I think that sells it in itself,” Bisping said. “I’ve won 4 out of 5, I’ve fought nothing but the best fighters in the world –Nate Diaz may be getting a title shot at Robbie Lawler at welterweight for beating a 145er, okay? Now he gets a welterweight title shot? C’mon I just beat Anderson Silva.”