UFC 148: Michael Bisping Sees Chael Sonnen Defeating Anderson Silva

Jordy McElroy@https://twitter.com/JordyMcElroyCorrespondent IJune 19, 2012

They may not see eye to eye on most things, but Michael Bisping does see Chael Sonnen beating Anderson Silva.

In an appearance on HDNET's "Inside MMA," Bisping weighed in on the upcoming UFC 148 main event and gave his thoughts on where he ranks amongst the middleweight elite.

"Chael Sonnen's fighting Anderson Silva, and I think Chael wins that fight to be honest. I think the first fight is going to give him a lot of confidence. The way he fought handily for four and a half rounds. I think he's going to go in there with a lot of confidence and do the same thing, but not get submitted in the last round.

After that, Chael's going to need someone to challenge him, and I mean, who is there? Vitor Belfort's injured. I mean, who are the challengers? I was fighting Chael for the number one contender. Just because I narrowly lost that fight doesn't mean I go to the back of the pile. So I'm hoping to fight for the title. Hopefully, I'll get the knee correct, and then they're going to need a challenger. I'm here, ready and waiting."

Bisping was expected to fight Tim Boetsch at UFC 149, but a knee injury sustained during training forced him to have to undergo surgery and withdraw from the bout. He hopes to be ready to return as early as September.

Upon his return, Bisping has one request for the UFC:

"UFC, come on, hook a brother up. Come on, where's the title shot? Six years, fighting the best, I'm ready to rock. Alright, I can't walk properly right now, but as soon as I get that minor detail out the way, I'll fight for the world title."