LONDON ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Michael Bisping of Great Britain celebrates victory against Yoshihiro Akiyama of Japan during their UFC middleweight bout at the O2 Arena on October 16 2010 in London England. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Why is Chael Sonnen (unofficially) getting another shot at Anderson Silva's middleweight title?
Well, aside from publicly calling out the reigning division champion during Sonnen's now infamous "loser leaves town" promo that came on the heels of his dominating win over Brian Stann at UFC 136, he's the only one to even come close to defeating "The Spider" since the Brazilian took over the throne back in 2006.
But in the eyes of Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 coach Michael Bisping, "close" doesn't "count."
In fact, the British bad boy went so far as to flat-out call himself the next number one contender, despite a pending middleweight match-up against Jason Miller on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas.
Here's his quote from Fighters Only:
"Chael Sonnen had his chance, put on a great performance but lost. Got tapped out, got finished, and then after that he failed a steroids test. As far as I can see he had his chance and he blew it. I feel I deserve a shot. I have got to beat Miller, he is tough, I am not looking past him. [But] it's me, I’m the contender. Belfort has just been beat, Yushin Okami has just been beat, Sonnen got beat. What are they going to do, all they all going to keep beating each other up and then having another shot at him? No, I’m the contender."
"The Count" is 21-3 and currently enjoying a three-fight winning streak. While fans tend to call him "pillow-fisted," he has finished more than half his UFC fights by way of technical knockout.
But has he proven himself to be worthy of a shot at the belt?
Anyone who puts Bisping as the number one contender automatically puts him above Chael Sonnen and implies that he will defeat "Mayhem" later this year.
Anyone out there okay with that? Or is this crazy talk?
Thoughts? Opinions? Accusations?