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Bisping title hopes boosted by Weidman revelation

ESPN staff
September 5, 2012

The ears of Michael Bisping may just have been pricked by Dana White on Tuesday, after the UFC president revealed Chris Weidman's next fight would not be a title shot.

Weidman was arguably the most impressive of all the current middleweight title contenders in his last outing, steam-rolling Mark Munoz to propel himself towards champion Anderson Silva.

However, the American remains inexperienced and does not figure in the UFC's immediate plans for a title shot, leaving the door open for Britain's Bisping.

White spoke of the growing chances that Silva will fight Georges St-Pierre in a super-fight, if St-Pierre beats Carlos Condit in November, but that bout has often failed to materialise. With St-Pierre significantly smaller than Silva, the welterweight champion has always been hesitant, and he also has several men knocking at the door to a 170lb title shot.

Should GSP v Silva fail to happen again, Bisping now knows - following White's comments on Weidman - that he can leap to the front of the queue to face Silva if he beats Brian Stann. That fight takes place on September 22 at UFC 152.

"[Weidman]'s going to fight," White told UFC Tonight. "No [he's not getting a title shot]. I mean it could happen, who knows, but we'll see what happens."

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