Michael Bisping is a popular man. A lot of fans might have a love/hate relationship with the UFC middleweight, but that's not what I'm talking about. Bisping is popular with UFC middleweights, and it seems that almost everyone in the division has called him out at one time or another. Just in the last month, former Strikeforce champ Luke Rockhold and UFC veteran Rich Franklin have expressed a desire to face the British fighter. Now you can add Cung Le and Constantinos Philippou to the list.
Here's what Le had to say to ESPN about facing Bisping:
"That would be a great fight for the fans," Le said. "That would be a big fight. But I’m not the one to make that decision. Whether I’m at the top of that list for the fight or on the bottom, it ultimately comes down to who Joe Silva and the UFC decide who we fight."
Bisping had dismissed Rockhold's callout by saying that he wanted to face someone who has some wins in the UFC. Phillipou chose to call out Bisping by referencing that (via MMA Weekly):
It’s a win-win for everybody. I’m not just anybody, I’m ranked, he can see that. I noticed Luke Rockhold called him out today, but like Bisping said he hasn’t won a single fight in the UFC and he told him to go get a few wins in the UFC and then come back. He can’t really say that about me."
"I’ve been in the UFC for a couple of years and I’ve been winning. He wants a better opponent, let him step in and prove it."
Bisping hasn't addressed Philippou's statements yet, but he did discuss the idea of fighting Rockhold, Franklin, or Le:
"Of those three, Cung Le would be the most attractive. He’s on a two-fight win streak. He just knocked out Rich Franklin. So I would fight him."
We'll just have to wait and see what Joe Silva wants to do. He can't really go wrong with any of those fights though.