Does Bisping deserve a title shot, or is it just inevitable?

by Jason Probst | source:

Ever since Bisping won season three of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), he's been painstakingly matched to build a credible case for a title shot. After dropping down to 185 pounds when it became apparent that light heavyweight was clearly not his proper division, the branding and rebuilding of Bisping has been a long process, one interrupted brutally by Dan Henderson and in little more than decision-loss hiccups to Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen.

Bisping may indeed get the next title shot against Anderson Silva, and it may be one of the longer-odds challenges in recent memory. Stylistically, he has all the wrong tools that you'd want to deal with Silva.

He lacks world-class wrestling -- though his takedown defense is pretty solid and his takedowns have evolved from mediocre to decent -- and he relies on a points-based, busy striking style with modest-at-best power. Both of those tendencies are likely to backfire terribly against Silva, but the champ has pretty much cleaned out the division.

The curious case of Chris Weidman being given Tim Boetsch at UFC 154 instead of a shot at Silva pretty much makes the case for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in bold print -- it's determined to milk every bit of promotional mojo out of Bisping they can and get him a title shot. Bisping has always carried extra promotional heft because of his U.K. fan base and the recognition he's built for himself as a TUF winner.

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tags: Michael Bisping (detail)  Anderson Silva (detail)  UFC 152   


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pennviachoke site profile image  

9/28/12 3:13 PM by pennviachoke

Yes! Feed him-err-i mean...LET him fight Silva!

Tomato Can site profile image  

9/28/12 3:10 PM by Tomato Can

If it's wrong, I don't wanna be right!!

wreckker site profile image  

9/28/12 3:10 PM by wreckker

No he doesntWeidman is the clear number 1 guyIf silva is tied up in super fights too long then at best him and weidman can fight

Big Pun site profile image  

9/28/12 2:56 PM by Big Pun

I know, but it's not right. I said two spots, not three. How dare you question my all knowing wisdom

Tomato Can site profile image  

9/28/12 2:51 PM by Tomato Can

Weidman is already fighting Boetsch for the spot.

Big Pun site profile image  

9/28/12 2:05 PM by Big Pun

He's one of the only two guys in thr running right now. Like alot of others have said. Weidman vs Bisping for the spot.

Snakey site profile image  

9/28/12 2:03 PM by Snakey

To be fair after his win v StannYesHowever I would rather seeFear the Beard Anderson V Jones

Jacinto site profile image  

9/28/12 2:00 PM by Jacinto

Bisping vs Weidman for a title shot. Bisping fans don't want this fight to happen though because they know he would likely lose.

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9/28/12 1:02 PM by SDinsomniac


Tomato Can site profile image  

9/28/12 1:02 PM by Tomato Can

Cote and Bonnar did not "earn" shots against Silva. Nor did James Irvin.