Bisping: I’m ready for a shot at Anderson Silva

Michael Bisping believes a win over Brian Stann would put him next in line for a shot at UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

Bisping (22-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) lost a close decision to Chael Sonnen in January, giving Sonnen a rematch with Silva, which he lost earlier this month at UFC 148. Bisping takes on Stann (12-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) in his next bout: the co-main event of UFC 152 in September.

“Anderson is an incredible fighter – he’s the best,” Bisping told FUEL TV. “I want to fight him. I know (Stann does). I’m sure I could give him a better fight than what he’s had recently, and I’m sure (Stann) would, as well. Whoever wins this, we should get the next shot at the title.”

UFC president Dana White acknowledged that despite his loss to Sonnen, Bisping is squarely in the hunt.

“Bisping’s right in there,” White said. “Bisping is very, very underrated because people hate him so bad. All the guys Bisping’s fought throughout his career…the guy’s without a doubt one of the best 185-pounders in the world.”

Whether or not that means a title shot remains to be seen. Also in the hunt with Bisping and Stann are Boetsch, after Saturday’s upset of Lombard, and Chris Weidman.

Bisping also believes his fight with Stann should be the UFC 152 main event – not the flyweight title fight between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson.

“In my opinion, and I think in most people’s, this is the main event. This is the real main event,” Bisping said. “Two big, hard-hitting guys. No one cares about little flyweights. Someone’s getting knocked out – it ain’t going to be me, though.

“I’ve been around the UFC since 2005, consistently fighting the best guys in the world, and I’ve done very, very well. I was robbed in the decision when I fought Chael. If I hadn’t been robbed there, when I beat Brian I’d be on a six-fight win streak. I think I deserve a shot.”

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