Michael Bisping has his sights firmly set on a Middleweight title shotPosted on October 8, 2010, 04:03 AM by Daniel Cassidy
Just over a week ahead of his UFC 120 bout with Yoshihiro Akiyama, Michael Bisping spoke out about his intentions for a title shot. Overall, the British fighter and TUF 3 winner is 19-3, losing only tom Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson and most recently Wanderlei Silva. Despite amassing a record of 2-2 in his last 4 fights, "The Count" maintains he still has his sights set on a title shot, and also believes he was robbed of a decision against Wanderlei Silva:
"I feel I’m really maturing as a fighter. I’ve got the experience under my belt. My skills are all coming together. I’m understanding the game a lot more. I’ve got the confidence back where I need to be. And I truly believe now I can make a run at the title.”
“Other than the Henderson fight and a bulls— decision to Wanderlei Silva, I don’t think I’ve lost at middleweight. I got beat by Dan Henderson and that’s it. I feel I won the fight against Wanderlei. Other than Dan Henderson, I’ve never been beat at middleweight. So I feel I’ve got a path to the title."
"I’m one of the better athletes in there. I’ve got to walk the walk. It’s all well and good me sitting here talking about it, but people don’t want to hear that, they want to see results. And I plan to deliver on Oct. 16.”“Right now I’m focusing on Akiyama. It’s going to be a tough fight and I’ve got the utmost respect for him. After the fight, fingers crossed, God willing I beat him, I just want to fight … I feel I’m in my prime now"
"I’d like to avenge the loss to Wanderlei. I feel I beat him on that night. I’d love to fight him again, but if it’s not going to be him, whether it’s Nate Marquardt, Chael Sonnen’s out, I don’t care who it is. Whoever the top dog is out there that wants the belt, I want to beat them and then fight for the title.”
Source: MMA Fighting