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Bisping running out of time to catch Anderson Silva

ESPN staff
October 14, 2011

Michael Bisping could be facing a race against time to book a date with Anderson Silva, after manager Ed Soares revealed the Brazilian may only fight four more times.

Bisping is desperate to earn a crack at the UFC middleweight champion, and he recently stated his belief that victory over Jason Miller should put him ahead of Chael Sonnen in the title queue. The Brit also claimed he has the style to defeat Silva.

However, Bisping faces a battle to become part of Silva's diary, with Soares revealing few slots are left. Speaking in connection with Sonnen, whom Soares does not feel deserves a rematch, the champion's manager seemed to hint future fights with Dan Henderson and Georges St-Pierre could be on the agenda.

"We should recognize that Anderson only has around four fights left in his career," Soares told SporTV. "Sonnen would make a big fight, as would Dan Henderson and Georges St-Pierre."

Arguing against the Sonnen matchup, Soares points out that the American was not only beaten, but finished in his first clash with Silva.

"My opinion is that he [Sonnen] had his chance and tapped, he should go back to the end of the line. The same thing is true with Vitor Belfort. They're great fighters, but they had their chance."

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