Michael Bisping is ready to move on from his controversial UFC 127 win over Jorge Rivera and has asked the UFC to face former number-one contender Chael Sonnen next in hopes of earning a shot at the UFC middleweight title.
“I want to fight Chael Sonnen because No. 1, he’s an amazing fighter,” Bisping told MMA Fighting on Monday. “When he fought last, he looked fantastic, and I want to challenge myself. He’s the No. 2 ranked middleweight in the world. Obviously I can’t fight No. 1 because he’s got a title shot, so I want to fight the No. 2 guy.”
Sonnen remains suspended by the UFC until his sentencing for money laundering next week, but Bisping is hopeful the matchup comes together and has little interest in facing fellow contender Nate Marquardt, who blasted Bisping before his recent UFC 128 win over Dan Miller.
“That guy, he’s quite a hypocrite,” Bisping said. “He’s a steroid cheat, let’s not forget that. He’s had points taken away for illegally kneeing people himself, and then he goes out talking about me as if I’m Satan or something. The guy’s an absolute hypocrite.
“He s—- the bed every time he’s in a main event. He’s had three No. 1 contender fights and a title shot and lost them all. I want to fight the top guys and I think Chael Sonnen for me is the biggest possible name I could get, and that’s what I’m hoping for. Nate Marquardt doesn’t excite me.”
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