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Bisping isn’t ready for Silva
Many MMA fans including UFC hall of famer, Randy Couture, have been suggesting that Michael Bisping should be next in line to challenge Anderson Silva. Bisping is coming off the utter destruction of Mayhem Miller but will a win over former number one contender Maia catapult him ahead of the winner of Sonnen vs. Munoz?
The answer is no, and we will break down why he simply isn’t ready for a title fight with the Champ.
Bisping without a doubt has had a very successful career in the UFC since debuting with the promotion on the Ultimate Fighter Season 3 finale. He has gone 12-3 in the UFC with a four fight win streak.
Yet the caliber of opponents he has beat lack the validation to earn him a spot as a top five middleweight as he has crumbled against top ten opponents such as Wanderlei Silva, Rashad Evans at light heavyweight, and Dan Henderson.
It can be said that the poster boy for the UFC in the U.K. has been babied through his career as he has promptly avoided top contenders at middleweight with the exception of Henderson. It seems the UFC brass is trying to give Bisping the easiest route to a title shot but he has to beat top contenders, not a ring rusted Mayhem Miller.
Now you ask why he shouldn’t be catapulted over the winner of Sonnen and Munoz? That is due to the fact that even if by any chance he is able to get through Maia, which is a long shot, he won’t be nearly as competitive against the likes of Silva who happens to be the best striker in the division or even the UFC.
He will likely have to get another top contender under his belt before a reasonable claim can be made for a title shot. Maybe fighting and beating the loser of Sonnen vs. Munoz, Brain Stann, or Yushin Okami after he handles business in Japan, will further prove Bisping is truly ready for The Spider.
In all honesty Bisping is a great fighter and has the marketability to campaign for a title shot but he hasn’t fared well once he fights in big fights against top contenders and if you don’t agree ask Dan Henderson and Wanderlei Silva.
If Mayhem was able to takedown and land shots against Bisping imagine what fighters like Sonnen and Munoz would do to him. This leads to the breakdown of how lop sided a fight with Anderson Silva would be as both Anderson and Bisping’s strengths rely on stand-up.
It is easy to say Silva’s skills are in another dimension against Bisping as well as the power Silva possesses in his hands. On the ground Silva would fare just fine as he has submissions from his guard and Bisping doesn’t present a powerful shot as does Chael Sonnen.
Quite simply if you thought Bisping’s destruction at the hands of Hendo was bad wait until you see what Anderson can do to him.
For Bisping to even get considered over fighters like Sonnen, Munoz, and Belfort he has to string 2-3 top contender wins together before saying he deserves that title shot. Maia is a good start for Bisping and it could be a test he may not pass.
Before staking a claim to the number one contender status, first let’s see how he fares with Maia and then another top contender for Bisping to earn that shot.
Wins over now welterweight Akiyama, a past his prime Jorge Rivera, and a gassed Mayhem simply doesn’t warrant you a shot at the pound for pound great.