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Bisping rubbishes reports of light-heavyweight return

ESPN staff
September 14, 2012

Michael Bisping has moved to clarify reports that he is considering a switch back to light-heavyweight, insisting it is only a possibility for the distant future and that 100 per cent of his focus is on the middleweight division.

Bisping is on the cusp of a UFC title shot at 185lbs as he prepares to meet Brian Stann at UFC 152 in a week's time. Should he win, the Brit may find himself in a showdown with top pound-for-pounder Anderson Silva.

However, prior to his middleweight career, Bisping operated solidly at light-heavy, losing only once in a tight decision to Rashad Evans. Five years on and undoubtedly a better fighter, the Brit would no doubt compete in the upper echelons if he ever made a return.

Potential rematches with Evans and Dan Henderson would be on offer at 205lbs, but Bisping insists reports that he is considering the switch are way wide of the mark.

"Some reporter asked me, 'Would you consider a move back to light-heavyweight in the future?' and I said, 'Yeah, course I'd consider it at some stage,'" Bisping told ESPN.

"Does that mean I'm thinking about it right now? No. My focus is on the middleweight title.

"I did well at light-heavyweight, I was 15-1 and 14 of those wins came by stoppage in the first or second round. So I might fight there again one day.

"But right now all my focus is at middleweight and I feel great there. There are times when I'm a bit bigger in the gym and I think it'd be nice to be a 205-pounder - especially now that I've put on more muscle, but until I start fancying a few slices of extra pizza I'll stay at 185!"

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