Michael Bisping has his sights set on making a comeback after nearly a year lay off, due to a lingering eye injury, and prepares to start by taking out contender Tim Kennedy.
The two are set to face off at the TUF Nations Finale on April 16 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada at the Colisee Pepsi. The event is scheduled to appear live on FOX Sports 1.
Kennedy, along with a handful of other middleweight title hopefuls, has been calling Bisping out recently and ‘The Count’ has high hopes to “teach him some respect”.
In an interview with MMAJunkie, Bisping went into detail about Kennedy’s trash talking, along with why he is most deserving of a title shot, given a victory over Kennedy. He brings up some very valid points, including taking the fight with Chael Sonnen on short notice and being a long standing top 5 contender for some time.
He also briefly discussed Vitor Belfort’s recent dismissal from a title fight with current UFC middleweight title holder Chris Weidman saying, “I am not an FBI agent, but the guy did a drug test in Nevada recently, and all of the sudden, he’s not fighting for the title anymore…. Put the pieces together.”
Chris Weidman has since been pitted against former UFC Light Heavyweight Champ Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida, and Bisping wants dibs on the winner. However, with a loss to both Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort on his record, I’m not sure if he’s all that deserving of the title shot.
Let’s hear it Penn Nation. Do you think Bisping deserves the title shot if he is able to best Kennedy? Or does he still need to prove his worthiness?
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