In all reality and not surprisingly enough, not many people expected Michael Bisping to win in his UFC fight with Anderson Silva. Almost everyone expected Anderson Silva to beat Michael Bisping on at UFC London and positioning himself in the spot for another quick title run possibly gifted by the UFC and temptation for retirement even though he stated that: “First of all, I’ll never go out of this sport,”I love my sport. I love my job, and I’m very happy, and I’m very excited for everything.”
As we all watched on Saturday night that’s not exactly what happened as Michael Bisping took a unanimous decision win over Anderson Silva despite the arguments of a lot of people even Dana White himself who scored it for Silva. With this controversial, but big win we can speculate that Michael Bisping now enters the top 5 in the middleweight UFC rankings a place where he has had more than enough trouble competing in or getting into in his long 10-year career in the organisation. Having problems against the likes of Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson, Luke Rockhold, Vitor Belfort, and even Chael Sonnen anytime he has hovered around or been in the position for a title shot.
This time around with the division looking completely different as the fighters have only gotten tougher, younger, stronger and bigger as Michael Bisping has managed to evolve just a tiny fraction of the time in between fights, even throwing a kick or two in some of his most recent fights. As we all know that won’t be enough to take on the likes of ‘Jacare’ Souza Yoel Romero, and maybe even the newly underpowered Vitor Belfort. Just those three fighters alone, pose a myriad of problems for Michael Bisping as they have not been more impressive than Luke Rockhold who managed to submit Michael Bisping in the second round at UFC Fight Night Australia on April 25th of 2015. If we all remember that fight Michael Bisping looked weaker and completely outclassed on the feet and on the ground than Luke Rockhold who had a choice of his picks of shots before using the one armed guillotine to finish Bisping after the head kick knock down.
Maybe it’s a good idea that Michael Bisping didn’t ask for a title shot after his win over Anderson Silva, considering that one of the fighters in the top three has already defeated him and the champion made it almost look too easy the first time around. Because as we have been watching the middleweight division evolve at the rapid pace with the removal of Anderson Silva and most recently Chris Weidman, Luke Rockhold looks to be leading the evolution destroying everyone in his path by finishing them except Vitor Belfort who provided his sole loss in the UFC. But with beating a former greatest of all time like Anderson Silva we can’t say that the leverage wasn’t there to at least ask for the shot. Getting it and actually winning might be the not so likely part in that whole scenario though.