Bisping heading for title eliminator if he beats Rivera


Marshall Zelaznik has confessed he would expect Michael Bisping to face at least one more fight after Jorge Rivera to seal a shot at the UFC middleweight title.  UFC chief Zelaznik is not involved in potential match selections, which are left under the expert eye of Joe Silva. However, he works closer than most to the European fighters on the UFC roster, so he is well-positioned to assess Bisping’s future.

Bisping fights Rivera at UFC 127, and a third consecutive victory would add weight to his growing title claims. Current champion Anderson Silva is certainly aware of the Briton, recently telling ESPN he would like to fight Bisping in the UK.

However, UFC president Dana White recently suggested that Silva’s next fight – after Vitor Belfort – will be Georges St-Pierre, if Silva and St-Pierre both win their forthcoming bouts. There is also No. 1 middleweight contender Yushin Okami to consider, so Zelaznik predicted Bisping is going to have to stay patient.


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