Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Anderson Silva claims he's fighting longtime division contender Michael Bisping in early 2016 -- in Brazil -- once "The Spider" finishes serving his one-year disciplinary suspension.
Bisping, however, isn't stamping his passport just yet. That's because "The Count" told MMA Junkie Radio that he has a new policy on accepting mixed martial arts (MMA) fights and will no longer be facing off against competitors who flunk for junk.
"You know, to be honest, I've always wanted to fight Anderson Silva. Everybody knows that. That's been well documented. But, I don't know if I feel the same about that right now. The fact is, I kind of said to myself recently, ‘Anybody that tests positive for performance-enhancing drugs, I want no part of it.' As far as I'm concerned, you've been a cheat. I don't think that at 39 years old, having the career that Anderson Silva had, I don't think you make the decision at 39 years old to try this new thing called steroids. I think he must have been on the juice the whole time. I've never used any of that stuff, and I don't see why I should have to fight people who have used those products. So, I don't know whether I would take a fight with Anderson Silva after that's all said and done."
At this rate, that may not leave him with anyone to fight.
Bisping was pulled from the UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) event to have elbow surgery (pic), but should be ready to go by the end of the year. The 36-year-old Brit, currently ranked No. 7 at 185 pounds, is coming off back-to-back wins over CB Dollaway and Thales Leites.
Anyone think "The Count" is just playing coy, or has he suddenly joined Team Rothwell?