Michael Bisping comfortably defeated Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller inside three rounds this evening at the TUF 14 Finale leaving him on a four fight winning streak, 23-3 for his career overall.
Bisping has been looking for a title shot recently, but what is most likely to come next for the UK star?
Bisping won’t get his wish to fight current champion Anderson Silva for the middleweight title just yet, unless he gets it by coming in as a late replacement for an injured fighter.
The reason is that Silva is expected to be out until July due to a shoulder injury, and meanwhile the UFC have just announced that Chael Sonnen Vs Mark Munoz will be going down at ‘UFC On FOX 2’ in late January.
Those are the two other top contenders at this moment in time so it stands to reason that the winner of that fight will then go on to fight for the belt.
However, Dana White hinted after the event last night that he has one more big fight to announce for the UFC On FOX card, and it appears that Bisping may be involved.
Bisping himself confirmed that White had spoken to him about a potential fight, but he wouldn’t divulge who it was other than to say it isn’t someone he’s fought before which rules out a rematch with Wanderlei Silva.
So who are his most likely opponents?
When I first wrote this article last night I suggested Vitor Belfort as an opponent, but with the new information that Bisping is likely to be fighting in January we can now rule that one due to timing as Belfort is already scheduled to face Anthony Johnson that same month in Brazil.
War hero Brian Stann would also be a good fighter to go with for a FOX show given his background, and he’s shown an interest in this match-up in the past. The only hitch would be the fact that Stann lost to Sonnen recently and ideally the UFC will be looking to pair Bisping up with someone on a winning run.
Demian Maia is currently without an opponent and he picked up a win over Jorge Santiago back in October to go 3-1 since his title shot so that’s certainly a possibility.
Finally, I’d also throw Alan Belcher’s name into the hat as well. A long spell out due to a serious eye injury dented his own title run, but he recently got back into the Octagon and picked up a win, taking his unbeaten run to three fights.
He’s been calling for the chance to get in the cage with Bisping for some time and style wise it would make for a great fight.
(Article updated to reflect Bisping and Dana White’s post-fight comments)