Marshall Zelaznik: Michael Bisping has to win at least one more after Rivera to be in title picture

UK UFC President, Marshall Zelaznik speaks on the potential title path of top middleweight contender, Michael Bisping, explaining he’ll likely need to defeat one more opponent following his fight with veteran, Jorge Rivera, before a title shot.

Zelaznik, speaking via ESPN.co.uk, said:

“I don’t get to make decisions on who fights who, but you heard Dana recently say that if Anderson and GSP both win their next fights, they face each other. That would certainly slow down anybody else’s run to a title shot.”

“Therefore, you would imagine Mike certainly has to win at least one more after Rivera to give himself a chance of being in that picture. But Mike is waiting for his turn, and he knows he needs to improve his skills in order to take on whatever champion awaits him when the time comes.”

“I’ve seen Brian Stann say he wants to fight Bisping, and he’s not the only one. Would Stann make for a good opponent? He showed against Chris Leben he likes to stand, he showed he’s got great power, and he’s a big favourite in the US. That fight would get a lot of attention from the media and the fans.”

“But we don’t plan beyond the one fight. So we don’t plan beyond Bisping v Rivera or Silva v Belfort, or GSP v Jake Shields. If Silva beats Belfort and GSP beats Shields, that’s when questions can be answered about what happens next. Yushin Okami also has to be considered.”

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