• Middleweight

Bisping ready to tackle Weidman

ESPN staff
September 26, 2012
Michael Bisping saw off the challenge of Brian Stann and is now targeting Anderson Silva, but will take on Chris Weidman in the meantime if he has to © Getty Images

Michael Bisping believes he deserves a shot at UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva before Chris Weidman, but is willing to fight the talented American in a title eliminator.

Bisping, who is 9-3 since dropping down from light-heavyweight, has won five of his last six bouts, including a unanimous decision over Brian Stann at UFC 152 in Toronto over the weekend.

It was a display and result that the 33-year-old claims now makes him the best qualified to take on Silva, a showdown many fans are eager to see and one which UFC president Dana White said "would be an interesting fight", but Bisping is prepared to dispatch of Weidman along the way if that is what is required to get to the Brazilian.

"I was doing this when Chris Weidman was probably getting bullied out of his lunch money in school," Bisping, never one to mince his words, told AXS TV. "He's undefeated, but he's only had nine fights. Listen, the guy's an incredible talent, and he's a great prospect, but he's still young in his career.

"Weidman's got the youth and potential and all the tools to have a great career. I've got nothing against Chris Weidman. It certainly seems that I do, because I've been talking a lot of trash about him.

"I'm just trying to sell myself. I'm trying to provide for myself, and Chris Weidman's a competitor against me. I wish him all the best. But, I think I deserve it, and my time's now. If I've gotta fight Chris Weidman in the meantime? So be it."

Weidman is currently committed to a match-up with Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 in Las Vegas on December 29.

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