Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.
Now that Anderson Silva has dispatched Chael Sonnen for the second time, and even gone up to light heavyweight and hardly broken a sweat in destroying Stephan Bonnar, perennial middlweight contender Michael Bisping is wondering why he's not getting a title shot.
It's not like both men don't have free dance cards. Neither is currently penciled in on the UFC calendar although there does seem to be a tentative plan in place for sometime next year.
Assuming Georges St. Pierre is able to unify the welterweight titles by defeating Carlos Condit on Nov. 17 at UFC 154 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the promotion could be looking at making the long awaited super-fight between St. Pierre and Silva, possibly at Cowboys Stadium around Super Bowl weekend early next year.
That's assuming everything goes according to plan. If that is indeed the plan.
Bisping isn't convinced. In fact, he tells MMA Junkie he believes St. Pierre doesn't really want the fight at all:
"It sounds to me, reading between the lines, I don't think 'GSP' is really keen on it. I think he realizes that it's not a good fight for him, to be honest. He's said it's a giant pain in the ass to always talk about Anderson Silva, and I'm sure it would be a giant pain in the jaw, as well. "It is frustrating, but I also understand it. I understand it from Silva's perspective. I understand it from the UFC's perspective. Who knows if they'll step up and try and fight each other? I'll just be waiting for my shot."
Even if St. Pierre vs. Silva doesn't happen, be it because the timing doesn't work out or Condit knocks off St. Pierre, would Bisping be in the running for the next crack at the middleweight crown?
With the UFC, you can never know for sure.
What's your opinion, Maniacs? Does Bisping deserve a title shot right here and now? Or does he need another win or two or three?