As Michael Bisping is working his way towards a title shot at middleweight in the UFC the last thing the Brit wanted to hear was that Anderson Silva was considering retirement. Silva and his manager talked about fighting out their current contract and walking off into the sunset. It could be a ploy for big money down the road or Silva is simply getting bored with the perceived lack of competition at 185 lbs.
"I did hear the stories that he was retiring and I thought it was rubbish," said Bisping. "Other people have said there's nothing left for him in the middleweight division. Things like that, I do get insulted by. I think there's lots a things left to do in the middleweight division. He hasn't fought everyone. There's lot of guys he needs to fight and I'm one of them."
Once Silva disposes of Patrick Cote in a title fight next week at UFC 90 in Chicago, the UFC really needs to match Silva up with several ground/jiu-jitsu practitioners as well as rematches with Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt. Don't forget Bisping if he wins on Saturday and rips off a few more quality victories.
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Bisping talks about his gym, the Wolfslair and the good it has done for new signee Quinton Jackson. He also mentions fellow gym member Paul Kelly, who is fighting on this card against Marcus Davis.
We also addressed a good story by Michael David Smith of AOL Fanhouse. Smith opined that once boxers Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton retire, Bisping could be the most famous fighter in the U.K.:
"I'm nowhere near Ricky Hatton. Rick Hatton is a household name. He's a national hero."
I'll argue that even if Bisping continues winning at a high level, the guy who could steal the Brit's attention is heavyweight boxer David Haye. Haye is fighting on Nov. 15 in London. His division debut against Monte Barrett is expected to be a sellout. If he ever wins a piece of the heavyweight crown, the Brits will go crazy.
Bisping isn't worried about his status right now. He just happy that MMA is now an accepted sport in his homeland:
"UFC has grown massively over the years. When I first started the sport I used to tell people what I did for a living, no one understood. I had to say I was a cage fighter which I hate that term. And now most people know what I'm talking about."