Michael Bisping wasted no time in calling out the rest of the middleweight division following a successful defence of his title against Dan Henderson.
It was Hendo’s final fight in a decorated career, and the No. 13 ranked fighter gave The Count all he had but came up short in a points defeat.
Despite the close contest, fellow middleweight contenders didn’t understand the logic of having someone outside of the top ten challenge the champion, feeling they deserved it more.
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For Bisping, this was a grudge match was he wanted to overcome perhaps the most famous knockout that took place inside of the Octagon back at UFC 100.
Now that he’s managed to come out of the other end victorious, and managed to keep hold of his title, questions are being asked as to who deserves an opportunity next.
There are four clear options for Dana White, and speaking to BT Sport following the event, he explained how this will break down.
He said: “The way that this is laid out is actually perfect. Bisping just defends his title and the grudge match that he wanted, and Henderson wanted for Henderson’s retirement fight.
“Now the next couple of fights are almost like a tournament in that division.
"Bisping will have already been rested and relaxing when these fights happen, and then we can figure out who’s next for Bisping after these things play out.”
The fighters include Chris Weidman, Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero and Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza, and each of them have not held back in their criticism of Bisping being the champion in their division.
At UFC 205, Weidman takes on Romero in New York City, with the night headlined by Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor for the lightweight championship.
Just over two weeks later, Rockhold will meet Jacare in a highly anticipated rematch from their Strikeforce days, which was won by the American in Australia.
The winners of both bouts are expected to clash inside of the Octagon, with the victor going on to challenge Bisping.
In an ideal world, we'll get to watch the rematch that never happened between Weidman and Rockhold.
Based on Bisping’s post-fight comments, it doesn’t seem like he’ll be backing down from any of them as they all look to snatch the championship away from the Manchester native, even though they don’t believe he deserves to hold it.
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