Sure, there may be more deserving Middleweight's on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster who deserve first dibs at Michael Bisping's strap -- including one very amused Brazilian -- but "The Count" has his eyes set on one specific man:
As Bisping recently told FOX Sports, he wants to give the un-deserving "Hendo" first crack at his 185-pound belt because he wants to try and get some sweet revenge on the heavy-hitter after he emphatically knocked him out at UFC 100 back in 2009 before he retires.
Bisping gives his reasoning:
"I'll just go out on a limb and say this right now and people can talk (expletive) all they want, but the fight that I want because he's almost retired -- I want Dan Henderson. I owe Dan Henderson one. Everybody knows that. Everybody knows why. He's still knocking people out, he's still looking good, but he's going to retire soon. So I would love to get revenge on him before he retires. That is the only reason for wanting him next because soon he'll be retired and then after that he can stop using that logo of me unconscious with him floating above me. I know people are going to criticize me and say that's a cop out, but for personal reasons, that one has haunted me for a long, long time. Then once I dispatch of the old man and I send him packing, then I can take care of "Jacare" and your Weidman's and your Rockhold's. They'll still be there. They ain't going nowhere. But, Dan Henderson is on borrowed time as we speak."
Relive "Hendo's" knockout win over Bisping right here.
The same night Bisping shocked the mixed martial arts (MMA) world at UFC 199 with a first-round knockout of Luke Rockhold to claim the 185-pound title (see it), Henderson turned back time by absolutely obliterating Hector Lombard with a devastating elbow to put him out for the count (see that performance here).
And while Chris Weidman, Rockhold and Ronaldo Souza have already made their cases for a shot at the strap, it seems they will have to wait a little while longer if the brash Brit gets his way.
Oh, there's also the possibility that Georges St-Pierre decides to come back and ruin everyone's plans.