Michael Bisping: I'll fight Chris Weidman if I have toPosted on September 26, 2012, 02:30 PM by Mike Drahota
UFC Middleweight contender Michael Bisping is no stranger to running his mouth, and with a win over Brian Stann at UFC 152 it appears that he will calling for his long-awaited title shot. Bisping has been in the discussion for the next crack at champion Anderson Silva's belt for some time, but many believe that undefeated contender Chris Weidman is the next man to challenge him. Still, Bisping has much more experience and believes he should be next in line for the title shot. However, Bisping is willing to fight Weidman if need be, which may come to fruition:
"I was doing this when Chris Weidman was probably getting bullied out of his lunch money in school. He's undefeated, but he's only had nine fights. Listen, the guy's an incredible talent, and he's a great prospect, but he's still young in his career. Weidman's got the youth and potential and all the tools to have a great career. I've got nothing against Chris Weidman. It certainly seems that I do, because of I've been talking a lot of trash about him. I'm just trying to sell myself. I'm trying to provide for myself, and Chris Weidman's a competitor against me. I wish him all the best. But, I think I deserve it, and my time's now. If I've gotta fight Chris Weidman in the meantime? So be it." -via MMAMania.com
It appears that Bisping is willing to meet Weidman in the Octagon for a chance to find his title shot. He thought that the win over Stann would get him close enough, but with Silva set to face Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 and Weidman facing off against Tim Boetsch on December 29th at UFC 155, his shot may be some time off. Bisping will remain undeterred regardless of what situation plays out:
"There was talk of it. Before the fight between Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre was spoken of, Joe Silva said that if I put on a striking clinic and did a good job against Brian Stann, that a title fight with Anderson Silva was something they could sell. Whether it's my turn next or my turn in two years, I'm gonna keep training."
Bisping won last weekend, but was it impressive enough of a performance to get him a title shot?