Bisping rues missing title shot vs Silva
MANILA, Philippines – British fighter Michael Bisping admitted that he regrets failing to get a shot against Anderson Silva, an MMA legend he believes he is capable of beating.
Bisping, who will be squaring off against the Philippines’ Mark Muñoz on October 6, have always wanted to take the UFC middleweight crown, but Chris Weidman beat him to it.
"Obviously, it would always be a dream of mine to fight Anderson Silva and be the guy to take the title, of course," Bisping said in MMA Fighting.
The British fighter was granted several chances at lining himself up against Silva but lost all of them.
His first chance came against Dan Henderson in UFC 100, but he was knocked out by the former PRIDE champion.
In 2012, he was given another title eliminator, he but lost again this time to Chael Sonnen.
Bisping fought for a title contention again opposite Vitor Belfort early this year. His efforts were not enough, however, as the “Phenom” kicked him out of the middleweight title picture.
Despite his disappointment, Bisping said he is happy for Weidman’s title win against Silva.
"Congratulations to Chris. He's the new champion and he's certainly a formidable force at middleweight. But yeah, it stinks a little. You know, I could have easily done that. I could have easily done that," Bisping said.