CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA – Michael Bisping wants a UFC title shot if he beats Brian Stann at UFC 152 on Sept. 7.
Even though Bisping lost his last fight, a decision to Chael Sonnen at UFC on FOX 2 in January, the British fighter feels he is just one win away from being the top contender in the 185-pound weight class. In fact, Bisping stated that the higher-ups at the UFC have notified him that an impressive win against Stann in the co-main event in Toronto would allow him to compete for the middleweight championship, currently held by Anderson "The Spider" Silva.
"If I beat Brian Stann – I’ve been told anyway if I beat Brian Stann and I beat him well, I’ll get a title shot." Bisping told FightCove.com. "I haven’t got it in writing, so, it probably doesn’t mean anything."
"The Ultimate Fighter" season 3 winner is under the impression that a win over Stann would earn him a title shot, but if he had to take another fight afterwards to solidify himself as the true top contender, Bisping would have no problem with that as he is confident in his skill set.
"I believe in myself and I believe I can continue winning, but it’s not easy, so I want to get my title shot," he said. "I’ve been around the UFC since 2005, you know, I’ve been consistently fighting the best. I haven’t been fighting guys in Bellator; I’ve been fighting guys in the UFC. A lot of big names and you know, I want my shot. So after I beat Brian Stann, you know, I think I deserve it,
"The fight with Chael (Sonnen) was really close I thought I won that fight a lot of people did, so I would be on a six-fight win streak. I think that’s deserving of a title shot. As I said, it’s down to the UFC and whatever they chose to do, you know. That’s…I’ll support that decision basically."
As far as how Bisping matches up with Stann, he realizes the former WEC champion is a threat when it comes to the striking aspect of their match up, but sees himself holding a significant advantage when it comes to the ground game, an area the "All-American" has struggled with thus far in his career.
"I think the weakness Brian’s shown is wrestling and jiu-jitsu." Bisping explained. "He got submitted by Phil Davis and Chael Sonnen, so yeah I think I have an advantage (on the ground), he’s probably got the advantage in the sheer power. He’s a very powerful fighter, he hits hard, seems to have a good chin as well and apparently by all accounts he’s very strong, certainly looks it, so it’s going to be a tough fight.
"I’m going to go out, the fight starts on its feet and you know, that’s where he’s most dangerous and that’s probably where most of the fight’s going to take place. If there’s an opportunity to take him down, of course I’ll do that."
While the UFC 152 fight card is looking more stacked by the day and includes names such as BJ Penn, Rory MacDonald, Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson, Bisping feels his fight against Stann is going to receive most of the media attention as the weeks wind down to the UFC’s third event in Toronto.
"Obviously there’s a title fight on the card in Toronto," he said. "But I think probably the main attraction is going to be me and Brian Stann."
Bisping has lost twice before when he flirted with title contention and doesn’t want it to happen a third time. If it does, he’s not going to be discouraged. He will pick himself up, get back in the gym and continue to grind away until the chance to fight for a title finally comes.
"I’ve lost a couple of key match ups," Bisping said. "I’m 33 now, I feel I’m in my prime and hopefully I get it soon."
"If it doesn’t happen this time, I’m going nowhere, I’ll just try again."
UFC 152 goes down September 22 from the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The event is headlined by a flyweight championship bout between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson.
Mike Bohn, founder and lead writer of FightCove.com, wrote this article. You can follow me on Twitter at @FightCoveMike.