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)
Now that Hector Lombard has made his big debut inside the Octagon and fallen to Tim Boetsch at last night's (July 21, 2012) UFC 149 event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the middleweight title contender picture looks as murky as ever.
UFC President Dana White teased something big for the division following last night's show but after Lombard lost and Boetsch broke his foot beating him, the entire weight class is back under a mask of uncertainty.
Allow Michael Bisping to make his case:
"Anderson Silva is amazing. He's pound-for-pound best, all that, we all know that, he's incredible. But a lot of his opponents I don't think have given him a fight. He hasn't had a fight recently. Yushin Okami just sort of fell over, Forrest Griffin got jabbed unconcious; people give him too much respect. The only person that didn't was Chael Sonnen and he got submitted in the final round. I know I could give him a good fight. I would certainly do better than what people recently have done. I want my chance. I've been in the UFC since 2005 and I feel I've earned that shot. And I know for a fact I would give him a better fight than what he's had lately."
He said all this before last night's show, but his point still stands. In fact, it might stand even stronger after both Lombard and Boetsch looked less than impressive.
Bisping has a big test already lined up in front of him when he takes on Brian Stann at the UFC 152 event this coming Sept. 22 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It's now entirely possible that once White meets with his fellow executives on Monday they'll decide "The Count" may have fully paid his dues with one more big win.
If he can get past Stann, does Bisping deserve a shot at Silva?