Never one to shy away from making a bold statement, UFC middleweight Michael Bisping says Chris Weidman is getting an opportunity to fight Anderson Silva for the title "by default" because there are no other contenders, also saying Weidman has no chance at dethroning Silva.
"Listen I suppose he's the only logical match up [for Anderson Silva]. I just got beat those are the facts. Vitor Belfort got beat recently by Anderson. Belcher got beat, Boetsch got beat, you know? Who's left? Weidman's left so I suppose by default Chris Weidman gets a shot at the title. He gets a shot at the title, but he does not have a shot [at winning] the title."
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Michael Bisping tells Ariel Helwani of FUEL TV that he believes fellow contender Chris Weidman is getting a chance to challenge longtime 185-pound kingpin Anderson Silva "by default," simply because there are no other fighters truly worthy enough to be competing for the belt. "The Count" could have been the one fighting for the title next; however, a Vitor Belfort head kick shattered temporarily shattered those hopes and send the Brit to the back of the line. Late last year it seemed there was a long line of challengers ready to compete for the belt from Bisping to Hector Lombard to Tim Boetsch, but one way or another all of everyone fell off, leaving Weidman as the last man standing. Granted, the "All-American" has been campaigning hard for a title shot since his July 2012 win over Mark Munoz, which has resulted in a rumored match against "The Spider" at the UFC's annual July 4th weekend extravaganza that goes down in Las Vegas, Nevada. While Bisping is clearly envious of Weidman's position, he doesn't believe the American is going to be the one to hand Silva his first loss inside the Octagon, saying Weidman "does not have a shot" at winning the title.