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Bisping hasn't beaten anybody - Sonnen

ESPN staff
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Chael Sonnen has remained relatively respectful of Michael Bisping in the build-up to UFC on Fox 2, but six days out from the fight he claimed the Brit "hasn't beaten anybody good".

Bisping has been targeted throughout his career for a perceived "easy road" to the top of the middleweight rankings. Time and again the Brit has been questioned, although to date only Dan Henderson has stopped him.

Wins over the likes of Dan Miller, Chris Leben, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Jorge Rivera have failed - among certain observers - to gain him respect. And now Sonnen has leapt on that bandwagon.

"He certainly hasn't beaten anybody that's any good, rankings-wise," Sonnen told MMAFighting.com. "But Bisping, you can't take from him, because he wins.

"That's undeniable... I'm not a naysayer on Bisping. I'm a supporter, and if he got a shot (at the title), I'd tune in to watch."

Sonnen is battling for the right to face champion Anderson Silva, whom he came closer than anybody in the UFC to beating in their first fight, but the controversial middleweight claims Silva does not want to fight again... against anyone.

"I've got nothing against competing with Anderson, but he does," Sonnen said. "He's been offered the fight four times and he's turned it down four times. I don't believe he's going to fight Bisping; I don't believe he's going to fight again. That's my personal opinion."

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