Had he defeated Vitor Belfort on January 19 in Brazil, it’s very likely that Michael Bisping would have been the next opponent for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Alas, the MMA gods had different plans, and Bisping found himself losing to Belfort via TKO in that bout.
Bisping’s loss not only delayed his shot at Silva, but coupled with Alan Belcher’s defeat at the hands of Yushin Okami, it opened the door for unbeaten (9-0) Chris Weidman to get a shot at the title. Weidman had been very vocal about obtaining a title shot ever since he knocked out Mark Munoz in July of last year.
Bisping, putting the pain of the loss to Belfort as well as the lost title shot behind him (for now), recently spoke about the upcoming bout between Silva and Weidman. Bisping offered his take on who will walk out of the Octagon as UFC middleweight champion when Silva and Weidman meet in the main event of UFC 162.
UFC 162 will take place on July 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
Other fights on the card include:
Roger Gracie vs. Tim Kennedy
Mark Munoz vs. Tim Boetsch
Andrew Craig vs. Chris Leben
Seth Baczynski vs. Brian Melancon
Ricardo Lamas vs. Chan-Sung Jung