UFC middleweight Michael Bisping may have had a four-fight winning streak snapped against Chael Sonnen a month ago at UFC on FOX 2 but “The Count” isn’t concerned about the loss affecting his position as one of the division’s best. In fact, he actually believes it may have solidified his standing among the cream of the 185-pound crop to the point he’s only a single victory away from getting the golden opportunity he saw slip through his fingers against Sonnen.
“I don’t think it was a step backward. If anything, I cemented myself as one of the top contenders in the division,” explained Bisping while serving as a guest on MMAJunke Radio. “I want to fight again soon. I’m aching to fight.”
According to Bisping, “soon” means May where he’ll not only have time to turn in a full camp to prepare for a potential opponent but also be left with enough time to fight again in 2012. However, the former TUF winner isn’t 100% sure who makes the most sense as an adversary.
“All the top guys seemed to be booked up at the moment, so I’m scratching my head thinking of who to ask the UFC for,” said Bisping. “I’m sure they’ll come up with someone decent for me. That’s what they do. I just tend to accept the fights and try to do my best. I was thinking about that last night, and I couldn’t think of anyone.”
However, while he’s still scratching his head in terms of who he’ll face, Bisping has a clear goal in mind.
“I’m hoping that (with) one more good win over a good opponent, I should fight the winner of Chael and Anderson later in the year,” the Brit stated.
Sonnen and champion Anderson Silva are rumored to be fighting in June meaning the winner would presumably be available for Bisping in the final quarter of 2012 if healthy.
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MMATraining Take: I don’t disagree with Bisping in the least bit. He fought valiantly against Sonnen and probably deserved a win. If he can beat Mark Munoz, who is not only healthy but seen as one of the top 2-3 guys threatening for the title, he absolutely deserves the chance he was robbed of in Chicago.