Michael Bisping was scheduled to take on Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 on July 21 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. However, an injury forced him to withdraw from the fight and made him put his climb back to title contention on the back burner.
Bisping appeared on Monday’s episode of “ The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani and spoke about who he would like to face when he returns and also told Helwani that he would be “massively pissed off” if Hector Lombard was granted a UFC middleweight title shot after just one win in the organization.
Listen, it was a close fight with Chael Sonnen, but the general consensus is that I won the fight. So, if Chael beats Anderson, and that’s a big if, then I would like a rematch. I would like my instant rematch with Chael. Everybody else gets their rematches. Frankie Edgar gets his, I don’t know, everyone seems to get their rematch so I would like my rematch and I would like to fight Chael and for the belt. If Anderson wins, sure I’d take the title fight, I said IF Chael wins. Listen, Anderson Silva is the greatest fighter in the history of the sport, he is an absolute legend and it will be an honor to fight him, that’s what I wanted to do my whole career. I want to fight Anderson Silva, so yeah, if Anderson wins, of course I’d like the title fight. I think I’ve done enough to warrant a title shot. I’ve been around the sport long enough and have been consistent, I’m on a good win streak apart from a couple of bogus decisions, I haven’t lost a fight since the Dan Henderson fight. That’s my only loss other than a couple of judges decisions where they felt I lost the fight. But, other than a shot at the title, there are some interesting opportunities. There is Brian Stann, I know he is injured, there is Vitor Belfort, the middleweight division is very stacked and there is not a shortage of people who want to knock me out.
Bisping didn’t hold anything back when asked what the probability of Lombard receiving a title shot after only one victory was and how he would feel.
Massively, massively pissed off. Listen, I understand the UFC’s decision, the reason why I haven’t had a title shot is because of me, I’m a realist and I understand what’s happening. I have been in the position to fight for the title several times and have been in number one contender match-up’s several times. So I’ve got no one to blame but myself, I’m not blaming the UFC, I’m not angry with the UFC. If I had beaten Dan Henderson I would have fought for the title but I didn’t , If I had beaten Chael Sonnen I’d be fighting Anderson in Brazil, but I didn’t , I was robbed by the judges, it wasn’t the UFC. So yeah, it’s frustrating to see someone coming from Bellator. I will be honest, I have never seen the guy fight once because I’ve never seen Bellator, I don’t watch it, I have no interest. By all accounts he’s an aggressive fighter and he knocks people out, but I have never seen him fight. He could be the best thing since sliced bread, I don’t’ know. But what I do know is that he has never fought in the UFC, so why the fuck is he getting a title shot?
Lombard was originally set to square off against Brian Stann, however Stann was also forced to withdraw from his main event fight at UFC on FOX 4 due to injury.
The question is, if Lombard wins his debut in the UFC against Tim Boetsch, does he deserve Anderson Silva like treatment and get an immediate title shot?