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    Michael Bisping's star is rising quickly amongst British sports fans. The nation has some of the best known soccer stars in the world and some super popular boxers, yet the BBC recently named 'The Count' the 12th most popular athlete in the U.K. That's pretty amazing since mixed martial arts is in its infancy as a British spectator sport.

    Now the British fans want to see Bisping get a title shot against Anderson Silva. Gareth Davies who covers MMA for The Telegraph thinks a fight of that magnitude could draw over 30,000. You may scoff but recent fights with Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton both drew over 35,000 in soccer stadiums.

    Davies caught up with Bisping for this quick video interview where the victor says it didn't come easy. He had to fight wisely and not engage in an all-out throwdown with the brawler Leben.


    Make sure you check out Davies' story. He gives a very good technical breakdown of how Bisping stymied the hard charging Leben. Watch a jovial Leben in the post-fight say that Bisping has the potential to be a champion some day.

    Would UFC roll the dice on placing a Bisping fight at a stadium or is Davies out of his mind? The two big Calzaghe fights were held at Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Hatton packed in 50,000 for a fight at Manchester Stadium.

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    No arena in the U.K. could hold a Bisping - Silva megafight

    ... because it will never happen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MetsFan View Post
    No arena in the U.K. could hold a Bisping - Silva megafight

    ... because it will never happen.
    exactly. Bisping knows better than to try for a title shot, he will be exposed in the first 30 seconds, then murdered in front of his home country.
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    Default Re: No arena in the U.K. could hold a Bisping - Silva megafight

    I would love that fight, but would never happen. He'll be the next Rickson
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    Quote Originally Posted by clmetal View Post
    I would love that fight, but would never happen. He'll be the next Rickson
    I dont understand your guys kick about saying Bisping doenst want a title fight.

    He is honestly evaluating his abilities at this point and understands he needs to improve before beating someone of Silvas caliber.

    He is fighting Franklin/Henderson next and he fought Evans at 205 and Evans is now fighting for the title so he certainly is not afraid of tough competition.

    I feel its kind of damned if you do damned if you dont. If he got a title shot right now everyone would be bitching and whining he is getting an easy road to the title shot. Now he is saying he wants to fight an earn a title shot by beating an elite fighter and you guys are saying he is afraid of a title shot.

    Now I expect Franklin to beat Bisping thus derailing his title hopes for the time being but it wont be because Bisping is ducking a title shot.

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    PJ - no one disses guys for losing to top guys. Almost every fighter wants to fight the best guys.

    IMO, it makes the British fans look kind of foolish to have their posterboy headline events and pad his record while they watch him.

    Rashad really hadn't fought any top guys other than Tito before Bisping and Rashad put the area to sleep in the main event. Rashad was boring and tentative against Tito, losing round 1 decisively and the draw was the result of getting a point to even what would have been a 2-1 decision without the point.
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    And also, PJ, when he does stick and move gameplans during 3 round fights, well, sorry for not being too exciting to see him try that again. Anticlimactic
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    Almost every fighter wants to fight the best guys.

    Claudale, I don't know a lot about the ins and outs of MMA (I do have one friend who fights in the UFC) but I am aware that the majority of fighters do not want to fight the best guys, rather they want the fights that are best for them.

    Take Brandon Vera for example, several guys turned him down in his fight before Keith Jardine, and he turned Machida down, before settling for an unheralded opponent. That is merely one example.

    The truth is that these guys pick and choose whos style works best for them, who is hot right now (popularity) and will benefit their career with a win over them, etc. It is far and few between that want to take on the best. BJ Penn comes to mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clmetal View Post
    PJ - no one disses guys for losing to top guys. Almost every fighter wants to fight the best guys.

    IMO, it makes the British fans look kind of foolish to have their posterboy headline events and pad his record while they watch him.

    Rashad really hadn't fought any top guys other than Tito before Bisping and Rashad put the area to sleep in the main event. Rashad was boring and tentative against Tito, losing round 1 decisively and the draw was the result of getting a point to even what would have been a 2-1 decision without the point.
    Rashad was a still an undefeated fighter and everyone knew he was a very good fighter.

    Regardless my point is that people make it seem like Bisping is afraid of fighting the top guys but he is not. If the UFC put him against easier opponents that is because they realized he is a fighter they can market and use to build the european fanbase. He has shown improvement as a fighter trains hard and is now going to begin fighting the elite fighters.

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