After dismantling Charles McCarthy in the first round in Montreal at UFC 83, Michael Bisping seemed to be on his way to a battle against middleweight champion, and one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Anderson Silva.
Bisping recently moved down to middleweight after a recent split-decision loss to Rashad Evans and a disappointing victory over Matt Hamil in a bout that most observers thought he really lost. With the victory over McCarthy, he's now 1-0 in the UFC as a middleweight.
Silva is running out of contenders for his 185-pound strap after going through Rich Franklin (twice), Travis Lutter, Nate Marquardt, and former Pride 183-pound champion, Dan Henderson. But that doesn't mean they should put Bisping on a platter for him.
Bisping is very valuable to the UFC as it continues to expand internationally. Probably the most popular UFC fighter in England, Bisping means much more to them than just any old middleweight. If he's thrown in there with Silva because there isn't anyone left for Silva to face, they risk hurting the name value of their number one ambassador in Europe.
Also, he's not ready for Silva. In his short UFC career, which only goes back to 2006 after winning The Ultimate Fighter Season 3, he has never faced a striker close to the level of Silva.
Who should be next for Silva? Who knows? But according to Dana White, it won't be boxer Roy Jones Jr., who Silva wants to face in a boxing match.
Right now, Jones might be the only one who could beat him.
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