Michael Bisping is one of the notable veteran fighters of today who experienced a second wind in their careers. At the ripe age of 37, “The Count” was able to win the much coveted UFC middleweight gold in 2016, and has so far defended it successfully.
After his hard-fought yet controversial five-round battle with Dan Henderson in October, Bisping has remained in the shelves. Late last week, it was revealed that he is scheduled to undergo surgery for a slightly torn meniscus, and is expected to be out of action until May.
Except for Yoel Romero, almost all of the UFC’s top middleweights are either booked for a fight or out of action. In the past, Bisping has made it clear that he feels Romero does not deserve the title shot because of his issues with USADA. But these days, the brash Brit has seemingly changed his tune, for as long he gets the right deal which he believes he is entitled to.
“I want the biggest fight I can get,” Bisping told Champions.co (via MMA Fighting). “I don’t mind facing No. 1 contenders but at this stage of my career I’ve fought the best guys forever. I want the biggest fight it can possibly be. By biggest, I mean the biggest money generating fight I can possibly have. I feel I deserve that. I’ve earned that.”
“So whether that’s Yoel Romero, then great. But if it ain’t Yoel Romero, if it’s Anderson Silva, great. I know he’s piped up again lately. If it’s GSP - I don’t care who the opponent is. I’m not bothered by any opponent. I am the champion of the world and I will take on all comers, but I want the biggest fight possible.”