Michael Bisping and Chris Weidman are elite middleweight fighters who have long hungered for a chance to fight the middleweight champion, Anderson Silva.
There has been much speculation leading to who will receive the next title shot in the log jam of the middleweight division. These two fighters have really stood out from the pack and are making legitimate claims that they should be the next person to fight for the middleweight title.
Weidman has been on a tear since his UFC debut with wins over the likes of Alesso Sakara, Tom Lawlor and a crazy knockout of Mark Munoz. The Serra/Longo product had rattled off five straight wins and has looked unstoppable so far.
Bisping has been equally impressive but has not gotten nearly the same recognition. He was on a four-fight win streak before losing a controversial decision to Chael Sonnen. I, for one, believe he won that fight, but that is an article for another time.
He then rebounded by winning a big fight against Brian Stann at UFC 152 in Toronto. Both men now have their next opponent's set. Bisping will challenge Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 7, and Weidman will face off against Tim Boetsch at UFC 155.
Both of these fighters have made a lot of noise in the middleweight division as of late. I believe that Bisping deserves the title shot more based on his experience and wins beforehand. He has won more big fights but has not gotten the same recognition.
Weidman on the other hand hasn't been around the UFC as long and hasn't fought and beaten some of the names Bisping has, but he has elite level skill and has impressed the UFC brass and the fans.
In short, I believe that Bisping deserves the title shot, but Weidman will get it.
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