“He’s right up there in the top four or five guys in that weight class….You can split hairs on deciding who the No. 1 contender is. He’s coming off a great outing against Jason Miller, weathered a storm and had the conditioning and great technique to finish the fight well. He’s one of the top guys so why not?”
Likewise, Bisping also believes he is ready for a crack at the Middleweight title. After decisively defeating Jason Miller, Bisping gave a post-fight interview with Sherdog.com, requesting a top five middleweight contender and a title shot in the near future.
“I’ve dedicated my life to this sport, I want the respect I deserve, and if I had lost tonight, it would have been a big step back for me.”
“Everybody says that all my opponents gas. You know, I mean, I fight at a frenetic pace, I always do…and I train like that, nobody works as hard as me, and where I’ve come from…and my background, I don’t want to go back there, I don’t take anything for granted.”
“…that first round (against Miller)… I couldn’t of gotten away with that against Anderson Silva. You’ve got to be on the money right from the start, and you know, the first round wasn’t good enough… I know Chael Sonnen is fighting Mike Munoz for number one contender, so obviously I’m not going to get a title shot anytime soon. But… I think one more fight against a solid opponent, then yeah, I think I should get my shot real soon, and that’s what I want.”
“I want to earn my right, you know, I don’t want people after to say ‘ah, he was just given the title shot’…I want people to say ‘yeah he deserves it, he’s beaten the good guys.’
UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis hosts middleweight bout between Michael Bisping (12-3) vs. Demian Maia (9-3) on January 28th at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. A victory over Demian Maia could be a key stepping stone to the title shot.
Surprisingly, Randy chose Bisping over his former training partner at Team Quest, Chael Sonnen, for a title shot. Is Randy right in saying that Bisping should get a chance at UFC gold after a win over Maia? Or should the UFC change their plans and make him fight the winner of Sonnen vs. Munoz to determine the true number one contender?
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