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Bisping's good, but Silva would outclass him - Hendo

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Dan Henderson believes Michael Bisping deserves a future shot at the UFC middleweight title, but he warned that the Brit will be in big trouble if he does ever face champion Anderson Silva.

Bisping was named to fight Tim Boetsch on Monday, in a bout that will take place at UFC 148. With Silva set to face Chael Sonnen this summer, victory for Bisping may be enough to secure him the next shot at the belt.

Henderson knows the Briton well from their time as rival coaches on The Ultimate Fighter, which culminated in Hendo delivering one of the all-time great knockouts.

"Bisping's definitely one of the funner fights I've had," the veteran laughed when talking to ESPN. "But I'd say my favourite fights are when I feel like I've accomplished something bigger. The Wanderlei [Silva] fight, or when I knocked out Fedor [Emelianenko]."

Bisping's last bout saw him lose a razor-thin decision to Henderson's long-time friend Chael Sonnen, in a performance that gained a huge amount of respect for the former Wolf's Lair man. However, in Henderson's eyes, Bisping was perhaps the beneficiary of an off-night for Sonnen.

"I'm not sure if Bisping surprised me or Chael surprised me. Chael was off that night and Bisping was on," Henderson said. "It wasn't a good style match-up for Bisping, Chael was definitely going to put him on his back and he has good hands.

"But he didn't really produce that night. Bisping fought really well but I was more surprised at the lack of stand-up Chael showed."

Bisping will be fancied to beat Boetsch when the pair meet, and if he lives up to expectation a long-awaited title shot could beckon. That would be bad news, though, as far as Henderson is concerned.

"Bisping has done well at middleweight. He's had a couple of key losses to Wanderlei and Chael, I definitely see him having a title shot, although I don't see him doing well against someone like Anderson Silva.

"I'm sure Anderson would be more technical with his striking than I was, he might not hit him as hard as I did but he might hit him more!"

Henderson is one of many UFC stars to be attending The MMA Show Live on May 12/13 at the NEC in Birmingham, a ground-breaking event featuring more top level MMA fighters than any other show of its kind in Europe. The interactive expo has sold over 14,000 tickets already, with 30,000 fans expected across the whole weekend

Tickets for The MMA Show Live are priced from £20 and available from www.theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 338 0338. For more information visit www.themmashowlive.com

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