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)
That's because Ultimate Fighter season three winner Michael Bisping might be willing to throw his hat into the ring as well.
In a live chat with fans via Yahoo! Sports and MMA Weekly this past week, "The Count" was asked about a potential return to 205 pounds and he had a very interesting response:
"One hundred percent. I think about it every time I want to eat pizza and can't. But seriously, I do think about it, I was 15-1 at 205 pounds but 185 pounds is where I should be right now."
Of course, Bisping will be taking on Brian Stann on the UFC 152 main card later this month (September 22, 2012) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in a bout with serious middleweight title implications, so he's likely not considering making the leap anytime soon.
Bisping originally dropped down to middleweight after suffering his first official loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 78. After a 15-1 run at light heavyweight (the controversial Matt Hamill fight notwithstanding), he made his 185 pound debut in 2008 at UFC 83 against Charles McCarthy, winning via first round TKO.
Win or lose against Stann at UFC 152, do you think a return to light heavyweight is completely out of the picture?