Michael Bisping has been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Due to Mark Munoz getting injured, Bisping has been bumped up the card to fight the infamous Chael Sonnen at UFC on Fox 2 next weekend. What’s more, the winner gets a crack at Anderson Silva’s belt.
Whether or not you believe Sonnen’s claims of being the greatest middleweight of all time, it’s hard not to see him as the obvious favourite. He was only a few minutes away from taking Anderson’s belt home with him, and his destruction of Brian Stann was, quite frankly, beautiful. That being said, Bisping has got excellent striking, and his takedown defence and scrambling ability are as good as anyones. I don’t think I would personally put money on Mike pulling out a win, but it will probably be a pretty closely contested bout.
This is the closest a Brit has come to UFC gold since GSP dry-humped a game, but ultimately outmatched Dan Hardy back at UFC 111. Of all the middleweights in the UFC, it’s hard to think of anyone other than Sonnen and Bisping that could give Silva any trouble. I actually think Mike matches up pretty well against “The Spider”, and it would mean the UK might finally get a good headlining bout on a UFC event for a change.