No surprise that everyone wants a piece of “The Count”. With Michael Bisping’s legendary attitude and big mouth it should be no shocker that he is at the top of the list for the man that everyone wants a piece of.
There could be many different reasons for this of course. My personal favorite is that his fellow 185ers simply don’t like the limy Brit. Or it could be that Bisping, who is an incredibly talented fighter regardless of his personality, has become a bit of a gate keeper in the middleweight division.
However, none of this makes much sense to Bisping who has his sights set the highest they can be. Something he feels all combatants should be doing.
He took to Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” to voice his opinion about the target painted on his back, and his confusion on why the champion isn’t being aimed at like he should.
“What can I say, I’ve been around a long time, and listen, I’m never shy to say what’s on my mind. Sometimes, I piss people off and they want to fight me for that reason. Other times people want to fight me because I’ve been around the UFC for a long, long time and they think they’ll get a bit of recognition from that. Other times they just want to climb the ladder and think I’m the logical next match up. But, for those people that call me out, I never understand it. Listen, when I beat Tim Kennedy, I’m calling out Chris Weidman, or the winner of Machida vs. Weidman. I want to fight the champion, I never understood why you call out the No. 4 guy. You know what I mean? If you’re in that position, why call out the No. 4 guy? Call out the damn champion. You don’t get anything from fighting me, you ain’t going to get the belt. I want the belt, I don’t want a big payday and the main event and maybe a few more Twitter followers. I want to be the world champion.”
Makes sense to me.
Tim Kennedy has been chosen to be the next lucky guy that gets to take a shot at Bisping. They are scheduled to face off for the main event of The Ultimate Fighter: Nations finale dated for April 16 of this year.
With a victory over Kennedy you can bet money that Bisping will be eyeing a possible title shot. Something that he has had his eye on for some time now. However, with a mix bag of victories and defeats the title shot has continued to elude the talented Brit.
Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida are set to throw down this May 24 in Las Vegas, Nevada for a championship bout in the middleweight division.
However, the question is now does Bisping deserve a shot at the title or is there someone in front of him in line? Obviously, Vitor Belfort, who was originally set to face off against the champ, is the logical choice if he is able to regulate his testosterone levels.
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