Michael Bisping may have returned to the win column at UFC 186, by defeating the #11th ranked middleweight in CB Dollaway, but the long time contender isn’t thrilled with what went down.
Not long into the fight, Bisping was floored by a Dollaway left hook, and although he recovered well and went on to decision the powerful wrestler, it was an extremely close fight. In other words, it wasn’t the kind of win Bisping really needed to get the MMA world buzzing about a title shot run.
Speaking after the bout, at the post-fight presser, here is some of what Bisping had to say about his latest victory (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“The results speak for themselves,” Bisping said. “I lost my last fight against Luke Rockhold. What can you say? A loss is a loss. The middleweight division is more stacked than what it’s ever been, and the guys inside the top five, they’ve had better performances lately. They’ve won fights, and I’ve lost a couple here and there. I won one, lost one, won one, lost one. And that’s not good enough.
“You’re only as good as your last fight. Tonight was a great fight, but it wasn’t the performance I wanted. I wanted a stoppage. But it was a good win over a top-10 opponent, and hopefully I continue that form in the summer. Hopefully when I do that, I’ll start talking about a title shot, but yeah, no one’s putting me out to pasture. As I’ve said many times, I ain’t going nowhere.”
It’s hard to argue with Bisping here, as clearly he’s being pretty honest with himself about what the victory meant. Contenders like Rockhold–who tapped Bisping out in November–“Jacare” Souza, and Vitor Belfort have been taking out the opposition. Bisping, on the other hand, is 3-2 in his last 5 fights and has just one stoppage win during that time.
All this aside, it will be interesting to see who the UFC taps to fight Bisping next. What about a fight between Lyoto Machida and Bisping? That would move some tickets no? And it would also mean something in terms of the rankings.
Machida is coming off a one sided, stoppage loss to Rockhold at UFC on FOX 15 earlier this month. “The Dragon” is currently ranked #4.