Michael "The Count" Bisping has never fought for a Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title. Through nearly 10 years of Octagon action, the 37-year-old has been unable to capitalize when it counts the most.
However, on the heels of defeating mixed martial arts (MMA) legend and former UFC Middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 84, the Englishman finally believes he's ready to fight for promotional gold. Bisping recently sat down with Bas Rutten and Ron Kruck of Inside MMA (shown above) to discuss the 185-pound picture.
"This is a business and I will sell that fight," said Bisping when asked about a potential rematch with current UFC Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. "People will want to see me fight Rockhold. I will get people interested. Everyone else in the division they're all boring, or can't speak English, or they're all taking steroids and serving suspensions."
Rockhold, who is currently scheduled to defend his title for the first time in a rematch with Chris Weidman at UFC 199 on June 4, defeated Bisping via second-round submission back at UFC Fight Night 55. But that hasn't sapped Bisping's confidence moving forward.
"I think Rockhold is going to go out there he'll smoke Weidman again," added Bisping. "He'll make it look even easier. And I'll finally get my chance to get my hands on blondie and smash those good looks."
Look for "The Count" to either lobby for a title shot later this year or fight the winner of Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort vs. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, which takes place at UFC 198 on May 14.