Michael Bisping Wants Anderson Silva to Vacate UFC Middleweight Championship

McKinley NobleCorrespondent INovember 23, 2012

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 23:  Michael Bisping of England speaks during a Press Conference ahead of UFC 127 at Star City on February 23, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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If Anderson Silva wants to chase superfights and go on break to film movies, Michael Bisping thinks the pound-for-pound kingpin should drop the UFC middleweight title.

That's just one possible option that the promotion's most famous Englishman is putting forth, telling MMA Junkie Radio that he really doesn't want to waste a year of his prime waiting for Silva to defend his 185-pound championship:

Yes, of course, we like to fight, and it's a business as well. But you want that progression and to fulfill your dream, and my dream is to be world champion one day. We all have a clock that's ticking. I've still got a lot of time left, but I don't want to waste a year fighting for the hell of it. I want to know that I'm moving toward something.

Bisping further stated that Silva's lack of concern for timely title defenses seemed to indicate that the Brazilian superstar doesn't take his championship reign that seriously.

Although "The Count" maintained his opinion that Silva was still the best fighter in the UFC, it didn't mean much if "The Spider" spends a year away from his native division when challengers are lined up. In fact, Bisping recommended that Silva simply drop his UFC middleweight title outright:

Perhaps he vacates the belt, and when he's ready to come back, he gets an immediate title shot and fights the new champion then.

He's put us all in this position. It just sucks for the fans that want to see Anderson fight. It sucks for the fighters that want to fight Anderson for his belt, and it sucks for the UFC, as well.

Currently rumored plans for Silva include a May 2013 superfight against welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. UFC president Dana White has guaranteed that the bout will happen, although GSP's camp has stressed that the match is unfair unless the 185-pound Silva fights at the 170-pound welterweight limit.

Bisping is preparing for a main event title eliminator match against former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 7 this coming January, taking place at the Ibirapuera Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bisping currently has notched a 5-1 run in his last six fights, marred by a close decision loss against former middleweight title contender Chael Sonnen.