Michael Bisping stakes his claim as #1 Contender, says Chael Sonnen blew his chancePosted on October 13, 2011, 11:25 AM by Joey Santosus
"Chael Sonnen had his chance, put on a great performance but lost. Got tapped out, got finished, and then after that he failed a steroids test. As far as I can see he had his chance and he blew it. I feel I deserve a shot. I have got to beat Miller, he is tough, I am not looking past him. [But] its me, I’m the contender. Belfort has just been beat, Yushin Okami has just been beat, Sonnen got beat. What are they going to do, are they all going to keep beating each other up and then having another shot at him? No, I’m the contender." - For more from Michael Bisping, visit FightersOnlyMagazine.com
Dana White believes he'd have to be pretty stupid not to book Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II. And perhaps that's true. But, that doesn't make Sonnen the number-one contender. At least, not according to Michael Bisping, who insists that, instead, it is he who currently occupies that position within the Middleweight ranks.
Currently set to square off with opposing TUF 14 coach Jason "Mayhem" Miller on December 3rd, Bisping (22-3) initially accepted the coaching position under the premise that he'd serve opposite Sonnen himself on the reality series. However, due to ongoing issues with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the Team Quest fighter was promptly replaced. Had the show went on as planned, Sonnen vs. Bisping was likely to name the next man in line to face "The Spider." So what do you think LowKick'ers? Is Chael Sonnen more deserving of a second crack at the 185-pound strap, or has process of elimination left "The Count" as the last man standing?
Photo: UFC fighter Michael Bisping, right, fights Dan Miller at UFC 114 on May 29, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Francis Specker