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Michael Bisping and Jason Miller are set to face each other in the featured bout of Saturday's Ultimate Fighter finale after working as opposing coaches for the season of the show. It's a battle of two big personalities, but is it a battle of two top middleweights?
Michael Bisping weighed in on that topic (Via MMA Weekly):
"...Is he the guy by beating him to I get a title shot? No, I don't think so. He's a veteran, he's been around the sport, all the rest of it, but he's not in the top ten and I don't think he's going to be."
"He's underestimating me, just like all opponents, the same run of events, the same things get said in every fight. ‘Oh Bisping he's not good at this, he's not good at that' and they have a different opinion by the time they're checking out of the hospital after the fight. Six of my last seven opponents, that's where they went to the hospital, and Jason Miller's going to be no different"
Bisping may have a point. Currently he sits as the #7 ranked middleweight in the USA Today / SB Nation Consensus Rankings while "Mayhem" is unranked. Mayhem's placement (or lack thereof) is no doubt thanks to not having fought in over a year, and not having fought a top level opponent in almost two when he lost to Jake Shields on November 7, 2009.
Beating Miller isn't likely to do much in terms of establishing Bisping as a title challenger, but losing to him would be crushing for Bisping.