Ahead of his UFC 126 title defense against Vitor Belfort on Feb. 5, UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva tells ESPN that he hopes to fight rising contender Michael Bisping and wants the matchup to be held on the Brit’s home turf in the UK:
“The British fans are very knowledgeable and passionate about MMA. I would love to fight there once more. Michael Bisping is very impressive. He’s been in the UFC for a long time now and beaten some very good fighters. It would be an honour to fight him, perhaps in England.
He is fast, is very busy and makes adjustments quickly. I am the champion of the world, not just Brazil or America. Being a world champion means taking on the best fighters from around the world all over the world. If the chance came I would like to fight Bisping in the UK if that’s what the UFC put together.”
Could Bisping earn a title shot with a win over Jorge Rivera next month at UFC 127, or is “The Count” still several wins away after back-to-back victories over Dan Miller and Yoshihiro Akiyama?