As you know, recently the UFC was forced to scramble for a new opponent for Rockhold at UFC 199, after Chris Weidman went down with a neck injury. Since Souza demolished Vitor Belfort earlier this month at UFC 198, many believed he’d be tapped for the title shot. Unfortunately for Souza, however, he injured his knee during the bout and couldn’t accept.
Well, recently Souza was asked to respond to Bisping, while talking to MMA Fighting.com, and the dangerous fighter had this to say:
“(Bisping) is in the UFC for a long time, but that means nothing,” Souza said, before referring to Bisping’s head kick defeat to Belfort in 2013 . “I fought the guy that knocked him out, so no way he’s in front of me. The guys I beat are tougher than the ones he defeated. Time means nothing, what really means is what you’ve done to earn it. I earned it. They called me on short notice and I couldn’t take it, but I’m next. No need to say anything else. My loss to Romero was a robbery and then he got caught. Weidman won’t return until November. And I beat Vitor up, so I’m next.”
Yup. If the UFC elects to go with Souza next, chances are not too many people will criticize the move. Romero did edge Souza for a split decision win, so the UFC might go with him, but the decorated wrestler hasn’t fought since December. So, Romero could be looking at another bout in the interim.
Souza also added that he hopes Bisping does well against Rockhold, and cited the fact the British star’s been in the UFC for 10 years. There’s no question if Bisping can take home the belt, June 4th, it’s going to be a much discussed development. Bisping is one of the more polarizing fighters in the game.