Michael Bisping: Weidman’s Not the “Great White Hope” That’ll Destroy Anderson Silva

"The fight went as planned. It would have been nice to stop him obviously, but he’s a tough guy and you can’t put them all away,” Bisping said of Stann.  ”I think other than one, big punch at the end of the first round, I was in control the whole time.”


In a post-fight interview on FUEL TV, Stann said that he felt he’d won the fight against Bisping. Stann also said that even UFC President Dana White had told him after the fight that he thought Stann had won the fight. Bisping explained he had no doubt in his mind that he was the clear cut winner.

“Dana may have said that. Dana says a lot of things. He probably didn’t watch the fight closely enough,” Bisping said. “I’m sure he’ll feel different watching it again. Everybody I spoke to, thought I won the fight. It wasn’t controversial, it wasn’t even close. I was in control the whole time. And for Brian to say that, listen I respect Brian, of course you gotta do what you got to do to make yourself feel better about the situation, the fact of the matter is, he was beat by the better man on Saturday night.”

“Listen, I’ve done things over the years that maybe have annoyed people, but I think I was being looked over, but I think that’s fallen by the wayside now. I think I proved a lot of people wrong in the Chael Sonnen fight. I was a 4 to 1 underdog and that was a controversial decision. I had a good win over Brian Stann. I think if anyone was to overlook me now, or not to give me the credit I deserve, I think they’d be foolish. That’d be their downfall. I think generally now, the consensus is I’m one of the best and I don’t think I get overlooked now,” Bisping stated. “I think I’ve positioned myself as the number one contender really. I mean, I know Chris Weidman’s in there and he wants his shot, but he’s got to fight Tim Boetsch and he’s got to beat Tim Boestch. And also, he’s only got two decent wins. Other than that, I never heard of Chris Weidman a year ago. I think after Saturday night I put myself in line for a title shot pretty soon.”

“We’ll have to wait and see what the UFC wants to do. I will be calling Dana and the UFC tomorrow just to see where we’re up to and what’s going on. I know Anderson’s fighting Stephan Bonnar. I don’t want to wait on the sidelines for a long time. I want to fight as much as possible. I would have no problems taking a fight in the meantime – whether it’s Alan Belcher, Chris Weidman, I don’t care who it is I’m confident in my skill set. I’m confident I can beat guys.”

With a possible superfight between GSP and Silva looming over both the welterweight and middleweight divisions, Bisping explained there were many factors that could play in to that fight not coming to fruition.

“I don’t think that’s a guaranteed fight…”I hope not for my own sake, so that when I get my own shot,” Bisping said. “As I say, I’m confident in my ability now. I think I’ve solidfied and cemented myself as one of the top middleweights in the world. I’ve got no problem continuing to fight guys and beat them. If I continue to do that and beat guys, I will get my shot. That’s only a matter of time. I’m not in any rush. Yes, I’d like to fight [Silva] for a shot in a couple of weeks, but if I’ve got to wait a year, six months, two years, I’m going nowhere. I’m going to continue training, I’m going to continue improving and doing what I do. So, I’m not bothered when it comes.”

“There’s definitely a possibility that Boetsch could upset Weidman. I’d say Weidman has the more polished skill set, but Boetsch is no slouch, he’s no pushover.”

 “I’m not sold on Chris Weidman. I don’t see what all the fuss is with Chris Weidman. I’ve got nothing against the guy. He beat Demian Maia in the candidate for the worst fight of the year, a lot of people are forgetting that. He looked decent against Mark Munoz, but Mark Munoz looked terrible and I was never sold on him in the first place. So I think everyone in all due respect just needs to calm down Chris Weidman just because he’s undefeated. He’s undefeated because he’s beaten a bunch of bums. He’s only had about seven fights. I’ve had nearly 30 fights. I’ve been in the UFC when he was still in school probably. So I got nothing against Chris Weidman, but I don’t see him as the Great White Hope that’s going to come in and destroy Anderson Silva. He’s just another middle of the road UFC fighter as far as I’m concerned.”




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