Chances are, if you ask most people who the best middleweight on the planet is, you’re going to get your fair share of Chris Weidmans in response. Depending on who you’re talking too, you may still get some Anderson Silvas thrown your way, but there’s a reason Weidman is ranked #4 in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings. Yes, even with “Jacare” Souza and Luke Rockhold are waiting in the wings (and sure, Vitor Belfort).
Well, one veteran fighter who isn’t completely sold on the Weidman hype just yet, is evidently Michael Bisping. The long time contender recently spoke to MMA Junkie’s Rick Lee, and Bisping relayed the following about the middleweight champ.
“I’m not convinced on Weidman yet,” said Bisping. “I’m sorry. I’m still not convinced. No offense.
“I know he’s getting a little smug up there the longer he’s the champion. It’s starting to go to his head a little bit.”
How about that? Bisping went on to add that he’d take the belt off Weidman in a “heartbeat”, and even conceded that he’d favor Rockhold, if the latter ever faces Weidman. Now considering the rivalry he once had going with Rockhold, who tapped Bisping out in November, that’s a pretty interesting thing to hear. Bisping also predicted that at some point next year, he’ll work his way into a rematch with Rockhold, who will be champion at the time…Guess we’ll see huh?
Now, if Bisping hopes to work his way back into the middleweight title shot picture, then he needs to defeat CB Dolloway this Saturday at UFC 186. The 36 year-old Bisping has gone 2-3 in his last 5 fights, and as a result, he’s slipped down to the #10 ranking at 185.
Dolloway is also in need of a win, as the wrestler was quickly stopped by Lyoto Machida in December. “The Doberman” is ranked #11.
UFC 186 will be hosted by the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.