Multiple fighters including Philippou, Luke Rockhold, Rich Franklin and Cung Le have expressed interest in fighting "The Count" in recent months, and while Le was the top choice, an injury will keep the former Strikeforce champion on the sidelines beyond Bisping's return date, which is targeted for sometime in the fall in Manchester, England.
Ariel Helwani reported the news on Tuesday's (July 2, 2013) edition of FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight," stating that the camps of both Bisping and Philippou would like to make a fight happen between the 185-pound contenders.
The 34-year-old was on the verge of accomplishing his goal of fighting for the title at the beginning of 2013; however, a head kick knockout loss to Vitor Belfort in January was a massive set back.
Bisping managed to rally from the devastating loss with a dominant win over Belcher, and should he get by Philippou would be one step closer to earning a No. 1 contenders position.
UFC officials have not confirmed the contest at this time, but be sure to stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more on this match up and the upcoming fight card in Manchester.