UFC on FOX 2 Predictions: What a Michael Bisping Win Means for the MW Divison

Sean SmithAnalyst IJanuary 28, 2012

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For better or for worse, Michael Bisping has been one of the most recognizable middleweight fighters in the UFC for years. However, England's most successful MMA fighter has never been able to fight for a title in his five years fighting under the UFC banner.

At UFC on Fox 2, Bisping will have the opportunity to finally lock up a championship fight with a win over Chael Sonnen. Should he win, UFC president Dana White has said Bisping's next fight would be against 185-pound champion Anderson Silva, most likely in the titleholder's home country of Brazil.

Should Bisping find a way to stuff Sonnen's takedowns and pick up the biggest win of his career, the middleweight division would undergo major changes.

Now considered on the lower end of the top 10 middleweights in the UFC, Bisping would immediately become the second best 185-pound fighter in the world. Though he would be a massive underdog, Bisping's technical boxing would make for an interesting fight against Silva.  

A Bisping win on Saturday would also force Sonnen to make some decisions. In all likelihood, Sonnen would remain at middleweight. However, with all the fighters Sonnen has called out in neighboring divisions over recent months, a move to another division for a blockbuster fight could also be a possibility for the mouthy middleweight.

Sean Smith is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report MMA. For the latest insight and updates on everything MMA, you can follow Sean on Twitter @SeanSmithMMA.