The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight division was turned on its head last Saturday night (June 4, 2016) in Los Angeles, Calif., when Michael Bisping upset Luke Rockhold -- by way of first-round knockout -- to capture the 185-pound crown.
See it again here.
With the Brit now running the show, promotion matchmakers will have to try to figure out which top contender will be next in line. Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman -- who got injured and sent Bisping in his place -- is at the top of the list, but "Count" coach Jason Parillo has other ideas.
From Submission Radio:
"Weidman might have to wait. Weidman might have to wait because he never beat Luke Rockhold. We beat Luke Rockhold. Michael Bisping knocked out Luke Rockhold. And fair enough to Luke Rockhold, Rockhold's got a submission victory over Mike. So in all reality, it makes more sense to go in that direction. I would love to see a rematch. I think it's fair enough. You know, they can go at it again right now. I'm in the hype of the victory and in the hype of the victory of my fighter, so I think to myself, Mike will take on anybody after this fight. And when you're world champion and Mike's a world champion - Mike's never ducked a guy before he won the world title, Mike will never duck a guy after he won the world title."
I'm sure Rockhold will be pleased to hear that.
A couple of guys who won't be pleased are Ronaldo Souza and Yoel Romero. The former is ranked No. 2 in the division while the latter was removed from the list after running afoul of USADA (more on that here). Neither "Jacare" nor "Solider of God" -- like Weidman -- has ever competed against Bisping.
Who gets the nod? Time will tell.