Every man and his dog has been calling for a title shot against new middleweight champion Michael Bisping in the past week, but one man who feels he’s entitled to it more than most is Anderson Silva.
In a new post on Instagram, Silva calls for a rematch with Bisping, who somewhat controversially defeated him by unanimous decision back in February of this year in the UK.
Silva believes that he actually won that fight due to the fact that he appeared to TKO ‘The Count’ with a flying knee in the dying seconds of the third round while his opponent was distracted complaining to the ref about having lost his mouthpiece. However, despite Silva reeling off to celebrate, Dean said he hadn’t stopped the fight and so it proceeded into the championship rounds.
Bisping has since shocked the world again by knocking out Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 to win the title after being drafted in as a late replacement opponent.
According to silva, he’d been promised a rematch with Bisping, and so he wants the first chance to fight him for the title, even offering to fight him in his own backyard in Manchester.
There’s certainly an argument to be made for a rematch between these two, but it is tough to give Silva a title shot when he’s coming off a loss and in fact hasn’t picked up a win in his last four fights.
The list of worthy contenders for Bisping’s belt grows by the day and also includes the likes of Georges St. Pierre, Chris Weidman, Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson, so a great fight is virtually guaranteed regardless of who they do eventually decide to go with.
Read Silva’s full Instagram post below.
“Well, I could give you million reasons to make the fight against Bisping happen, but the truth is that he is afraid. I’m not going to compare myself to others even mention someone else, but in my perspective I believe I have the right to a fight with him once again, because I have won London’s fight and a rematch was promised. However, as he was injured by me during the fight, he wouldn’t be prepared to fight too soon, then he was ready to replace someone, but not to face me in Brazil, right? You know I lived an unexpected situation having a surgery, but if it wasn’t happened I could fight in Brazil. So, I think it’s time to show that I’m serious, I’ve never asked for a rematch with no adversary, but I do want to have an opportunity of a fight with Bisping, I deserve that for everything I have achieve into the organization saving last time fights’ events even in upper categories, fighting injured , broke a leg. I have proved why I am the best in world in this sport and I humbly say that none of my adversaries who supposedly defeated me have achieved or will my actions into the organization. Undoubtely, I believe this rematch will be the best step for UFC and Dana is aware of it, because numbers does tell and as we always have to stand by the group let it bem from both sides. If I could help him to feel more confident and less afraid I would agree to fight him in his hometown, Manchester. 😏😏😏😏😏😏😏😏”