UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping is currently recovering from an eye injury that forced him to withdraw from an upcoming bout with Mark Munoz in his hometown of Manchester, England, but “The Count” has heard recent rumblings of a potential future opponent who he is more than happy to welcome to the middleweight division.
Recent speculation has led to the discussion of a bout between Nick Diaz and Bisping, and that has caught Bisping’s attention.
While he is still a while away from a return to the cage, Bisping is more than willing to throw down with Diaz and be the fight that brings him out of retirement.
Here is what Bisping had to say, via Bloody Elbow:
“I didn’t really mean any disrespect to him,” said Bisping. “But I heard a rumor off a couple people that he said that he was interested in fighting me, and I know he was talking about maybe coming up to middleweight. He was also talking about retirement; the guy is pretty crazy so you never know what’s true and what’s not.
“A reporter… said that a fight with Michael Bisping might interest him, so I just tweeted that if he wanted to come up to 185, I’d quite happily welcome him to the division.”
“It’s still going to be a little time before I’m sparring or anything like that, and that’s just because I want to take it really easy. Last week the doctors cleared me to get back in the gym, so I can keep myself in shape.”
“I won’t be able to get back to active MMA training until after Christmas. I’m working on trying to pack on some extra muscle right now. I’m just following the doctor’s orders because I don’t want to be in the same position again. I’m just taking it nice and easy, but hopefully at the beginning of the new year, I can book a fight.
It is a fight that would interest fans and would certainly provide plenty of exciting smack talk leading up to the bout, so it it something that the UFC will need to give strong consideration to.
UFC president Dana White has previously been intrigued by the idea of this match up, so we can only hope that it comes to fruition.