Although he wasn't on the card when the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to his native land for UFC on FUEL TV 5: "Struve vs. Miocic" today (Sept. 29, 2012) in Nottingham, England, Michael Bisping nevertheless got some potentially good news.
At the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White was asked about "The Count" getting a middleweight title shot and if it were to happen, would it occur in the United Kingdom.
The answer is a resounding maybe.
"It would be awesome to bring Bisping over here if Bisping gets a shot at the title," White remarked. "We'll see what happens. I know you guys want it. Anything is possible. It absolutely could happen."
Bisping most recently earned a unanimous decision win over Brian Stann in a bout the Octagon boss actually scored for the American. He said it was close enough to go either way but don't expect that to affect his decision making process in regards to matchmaking.
After all, it's all about the money, folks, and in England, business is good.
There are other issues at play here, however. Silva is hoping a super-fight against Georges St. Pierre will be in the works once he's done with Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 and the welterweight champion settles up with Carlos Condit at UFC 154.
Bigger than that, though, is the time difference between England and the United States.
"The biggest problem with coming to the U.K. is the time difference," said White. "When you're trying to show this thing all over the world, the time difference is the hardest thing here. Even when we go to Brazil, it's only a few hours off from the Unites States. But here, it's eight or nine."
Assuming the best case scenario, is there any real chance Bisping is booked to fight Silva? If so, would you Maniacs like to see it happen?