UFC Middleweight champion, Chris Weidman says that he thinks Michael Bisping 'doesn't deserve' being linked with a possible title fight.
The undefeated champ made the comments on UFC Tonight, as Bisping continues to be there or thereabouts when it comes to possible contenders in the division.
"I think Lyoto Machida is a tougher fight than Michael Bisping. Bisping is coming off a tough fight from Tim Kennedy, and he beat up Cung Le, who’s been inactive. He doesn't deserve getting close to the title shot.” Said Weidman.
Bisping can hardly complain about the comments as the champ makes a valid point if you look at the last couple years of Bisping's career.
At 35, Bisping is on the downturn of his career and that has been evident in his last six fights - where he has alternated between winning and losing.
The British fighter hasn't won two successive fights since 2011 and while he has been dogged by an eye injury that threatened to end his career, it might just be that his chances of a title fight are over.
At the moment, he's ranked #8 in the division and those above him all have better claims towards a title shot than himself, and fighting Bisping won't do much for them right now.
The only possible match-ups are with Luke Rockhold and Lyoto Machida - but the UFC is more interested in having those two fight than either of them facing Bisping.
A possible fight with CB Dollaway would make more sense. The #9 ranked fighter has proven himself to be the best of the rest, but a win over Bisping would put a fight or two away from a possible title shot - depending on the size of the queue.
Rockhold-Machida now, Rockhold-Bisping later?
Speaking to UFC.com, President Dana White spoke about the possible clashes in the middleweight division, reaffirming that Rockhold vs. Machida in Brazil is the intended match-up.
“We’re looking at Rockhold-Machida in Brazil. That’s what we’re looking at,” he said. “Anything is possible. Michael Bisping is ranked number eight in the world. Rockhold is number five. They’ll meet each other anyway eventually, but Rockhold has got Machida first.” Added White.
This comes on the back of Bisping calling out Rockhold after his win over Cung Le at UFC Fight Night 48 in Macau, China.
"There’s an idiot called Luke Rockhold who doesn’t stop talking about me. I think he has the hots for me, to be honest,” Bisping said. “Luke Rockhold, if you want to do it, let’s dance.” Said Bisping.
That win over Le did a lot less for him than he thinks. Defeating a 42 year old, semi-retired fighter is a decent platform to build off but after losses to Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and Tim Kennedy - Bisping needs to prove a point in his upcoming fights and is possibly as much as three fights from a title shot.
He'll need to pull off those wins in the next 8-9 months if he wants to have a title shot with at least a slim chance - or he can just admit he's done and accept his status as the gatekeeper for the middleweight division contenders.