Michael Bisping Should Not Get a UFC Title Shot Even If He Wins
Vitor Belfort and Michael Bisping are scheduled to meet on Saturday at UFC on FX 7. A Bisping win will garner his long-requested crack at the UFC middleweight champ, Anderson Silva.
"If Bisping wins, he'll get the shot," White said after UFC 155.
Despite the promise by the capricious president, the brash Brit does not deserve the title shot even if he wins. His unimpressive resume, disrespectful behaviour and limited skill set have proved that he is unworthy.
The sport would benefit by having "The Spider" face superfights with Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre over ordinary fighters like Bisping.
Anderson Silva fought last at UFC 153 and won again in dominant fashion. He has 16 consecutive UFC wins and 10 title defenses.
There is a massive disparity in talent and qualifications between Silva and Bisping. The former is the universally recognized pound-for-pound king and is often discussed as the greatest of all time.
The latter is 6-3 in his last nine fights.
The champ needs to be tested by the best as he enters the waning phase of his iconic career. A win over Bisping does nothing for his legacy.
Bisping is 13-4 in his UFC career. His four losses were against former 205 champ Rashad Evans, Pride champions Dan Henderson and Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen. The wanna-be challenger has never defeated a top-ranked opponent.
A win over Vitor would be his first.
While he lost close decisions to Evans, Silva and Sonnen that could have gone his way, he also had his share of fortunate outcomes.
His split-decision win against Matt Hamill could have easily gone the other way. His win over Jorge Rivera (20-9) was very controversial. Bisping intentionally struck Rivera with an illegal knee to the head, which could have resulted in a disqualification victory for Rivera.
After he won with the advantage of an illegal blow, "The Count" spat on Rivera's corner.
Classy? Not really.
And he doesn't just lack sportsmanship when he wins. After his close split-decision win over Hamill, he pouted about the decisions that did not go his way.
Bisping displayed his usual antics at the press conference with Belfort, which is a testament to his lack of class and further proves why he should not get his chance against Silva. These are just a few examples in his long history of disrespecting fighters and embarrassing the sport.
MMA should not be built on these antics.
His pre-fight chirping about Dan Henderson resulted in poetic justice when—in the biggest bout of Bisping's life at UFC 100—Henderson knocked him out in epic fashion.
At least Sonnen is original and amusing. Bisping is just disgraceful.
Should Bisping get a title shot with a win over Belfort?
What would the TUF champ bring to challenge Silva? Does anyone believe he could knock out the GOAT?
Would we really expect him to outstrike Silva for a decision? He has neither the power nor the grappling to earn a knockout or submission. His striking speed is average.
His wrestling has improved but only against lower-level opponents. Sonnen demonstrated that, and Henderson comically shrugged off his takedown attempts.
Therefore, would Bisping's game plan be to use wrestling to grind out a decision? The adage, "I will believe it when I see it" applies here.
Otherwise, fans will be mistreated to another Bonnar farce where an obviously overmatched challenger is sent to his destruction.
The sport needs great fights, and this is not one. Leave Silva to make mega-bouts while a true contender arises.
For now, it does not seem logical that "The Count" could be a true test for Silva—even if he beats Belfort, whom Silva knocked out in the first round.
To deserve a shot at Silva, Bisping should first defeat Hector Lombard and the winner of Tim Boetsch vs. Chris Weidman. Bisping is talented and well-rounded and shows constant improvement, but he is not a legitimate challenger to the champion.
Even with a win on Saturday, he still has more rungs on the ladder to climb. And until Bisping does, Anderson Silva has more competitive bouts to fight.
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