• TUF 14 Finale

Bisping to reveal next fight soon - won't be Wanderlei

ESPN staff
December 4, 2011
Michael Bisping has only been beaten by Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson and Wanderlei Silva in his UFC career © Getty Images

Michael Bisping declared "I'm one of the best in the world" after his annihilation of Jason Miller at the TUF 14 Finale, and then revealed his next opponent will not be anybody that he has previously fought.

UFC president Dana White revealed on Saturday that Bisping could potentially feature on the UFC on Fox 2 card in January, which also features Chael Sonnen v Mark Munoz.

Bisping can only be one more win away from a title shot after improving his win streak to 4-0, and he believes he is ready to become the middleweight champion. In the past he has called for a rematch with one of only three men to have beaten him, Wanderlei Silva, whom he lost a controversial decision against, but Bisping revealed his next opponent will not be a previous rival.

"I class myself as one of the best in the world. I think I consistently prove that," Bisping said. "I want to fight for the belt. I've been around the UFC a long time, and that's what I want to do.

"Me and Dana [White] have had a talk already, I need to have a think and a talk with my family, but there should be an announcement real soon."

Asked by MMA Fighting if his next opponent is somebody he has fought in the past, Bisping replied: "No it's not. I want to move forward and not go over old territory. I want to fight the best out there to get closer to the title shot."

Miller, like so many of Bisping's previous opponents, mocked the Brit's punching power and claimed his UFC opponents have been cherry-picked to help attract the UK market. However, just as the likes of Chris Leben and Jorge Rivera found before him, Miller had no answer to Bisping's underrated striking game.

"This was a satisfying victory," the Brit said. "Jason jumped on the bandwagon of that a) nobody likes me, and b) I'm not a very good fighter, and I don't deserve all the rewards I've received for being a professional fighter all this time.

"He was quick to discredit me, that I was given hand-picked opponents and things like that. That doesn't sit well with me, and I find it very offensive. It was nice to go out there and teach him a lesson. When we clinched, he felt like a little boy at times.

"For someone who has no punching power, I do believe the statistic is that seven out of eight of my last opponents have all gone to the hospital. While I'm sitting here doing this, he's probably in the back of an ambulance."

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