The Daily Star has an interesting quote from UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, who says, "I would like to fight Michael Bisping in his home country in front of his own fans." These two have been going back and forth with each other for months. Bisping is smarter than most fighters and he knows how to get the fights he wants. He is also a legitimate star in England. A fight between Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping in the UK will sell out any venue on its own.
The question is whether the UFC will book Bisping in a Middleweight Title fight after only three bouts in the division. Obviously a loss by either changes things, but lets say both win their next fight. Silva's possible opponents would be Yushin Okami, a Light Heavyweight, or Bisping. For Bisping the possibilities are endless. He could conceivably fight just about any Middleweight contender. The tricky part of booking this match is definitely Silva. He has more possible fights than any other MMA fighter in the sport. A lot will depend on when the UFC plans on coming back to England for an event. If it was some time early next summer, it is possible both fighters could have bouts before meeting in the Octagon.
I have been open about my belief that Bisping will defeat Anderson Silva. If it happened in front of an English crowd, we might hear the loudest ovation ever given to a MMA fighter.