Michael Bisping is certainly well accustomed to being called out, but the latest fight proposal he’s received is a pretty interesting one.
As most hardcore fans know, talk as to whether “Shogun” Rua should move to 185 has reached a fever pitch, since the former light-heavyweight champ was quickly taken out by Ovince St. Preux in November. Rua was coming off a stoppage loss to Dan Henderson heading into that fight, and the Brazilian star has gone 1-4 now in his last 5 bouts. The 33 year-old fighter has made it clear he doesn’t want to retire, but obviously, the decorated fighter badly needs to turn things around.
Well, on that front, Rua’s manager, Eduardo Alonso recently spoke to Portal do Vale Tudo about “Shogun”, and the possibility of a move to 185. Alonso relayed that he’d like to see Rua fight at 195 first, before he attempts to make the move to middleweight. As the manager noted, other fighters like Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva did so, and it would be a good way to evaluate “Shogun’s” progress.
Then, while discussing who Rua could face at 195, Alonso proposed the following (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“If I could choose, I’d love to see him fighting Michael Bisping,” Alonso said. “Bisping has a fight coming up in April, so it’s too soon to imagine what’s next, and it’s not even set with the UFC yet if he’s really going to fight at catchweight or not.”
Alonso was referring to the fact that Bisping is scheduled to fight CB Dollaway at UFC 186 on April 25th. Well, clearly it didn’t take “The Count” long to hear about Alonso’s proposal, and Bisping tweeted the following in response:
I hear shoguns manager said shogun is interested in a fight with me at a catch weight of 195lbs. After my fight coming up, I'm in!!!
— michael (@bisping) January 28, 2015
So, could this fight happen at some point? Possibly. There’s no denying that Rua-Bisping could move a lot of tickets, particularly for a Fight Night card in Brazil or the U.K. That said, if Bisping defeats Dollaway in April, the UFC might want to match him up against another top contender. The British fighter is currently ranked #9 at 185.