Thursday, 10 March 2011

Bisping with future title shot and new TUF slot on the line?

Some may look at Jorge Rivera as an easy mark, but for Michael Bisping, the veteran fighter is a spoiler who could ruin some big things in the future.

Following a bad knockout loss against Dan Henderson at UFC 100, Bisping tumbled down the middleweight rankings. No one was pushing for the Brit to get a shot against Anderson Silva. If he takes out Rivera, he's back in the mix for a title eliminator according to Betfair’s Alex Bake:

"There’s certainly no love lost between these two and it promises to be one hell of a battle. The punters are getting behind Bisping for this one," Bake told the U.K. Telegraph. "He has it all to fight for; a decent showing here and he could line up a potential title eliminator against Yushin Okami."

Betfair lists Bisping as a minus-300 favorite, with the Brit drawing 2-1 for a knockout. The Venetian in Las Vegas has Bisping a little higher at minus-320.

The Telegraph's Gareth Davies says Chael Sonnen, Nate Marquardt and Demian Maia are all possible future opponents for Bisping.

There could also be a television slot on the line for Bisping. Davies says the UFC is on the verge of rolling out its first "satellite" season of "The Ultimate Fighter." 

[...] pitching England v Australia in a series which may be called ‘The Sm-Ashes’. Weights to be contested, and the coaches for the series are yet to be decided. Bisping has both won The Ultimate Fighter and was a coach on the U.K. vs. USA version of the televised show. He would seem perfectly placed for such a role. 

Bisping revealed earlier this week that he's strongly considering a permanent move to Australia. Following UFC 127, he and his wife are staying in the area to check out houses and schools. 

Watch UFC 127 right here on Yahoo! Sports.


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