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Bisping told by UFC title shot could be coming

ESPN staff
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Michael Bisping admits his UFC middleweight title shot could hinge on the outcome of Georges St-Pierre's fight with Carlos Condit at UFC 154.

Bisping meets Brian Stann on Saturday in a middleweight encounter that could earn him No. 1 contender status. Revealing a chat he had with matchmaker Joe Silva, the Brit told ESPN a big win would book him his spot against Anderson Silva.

"That's what Joe Silva told me, but obviously the landscape changes all the time," Bisping said.

St-Pierre meets Condit on November 17 in a welterweight title bout. If he wins, it is speculated that GSP will then fight middleweight champ Silva in a super-fight.

Should Condit upset the odds and beat St-Pierre, that would guarantee Bisping his own title tilt at Silva - as long he beats Stann. If not, the Brit expects to meet either Chris Weidman or Tim Boetsch.

"They're talking about GSP v Silva now. GSP's got to beat Carlos Condit first, although that's a given," Bisping said. "GSP will beat Condit, although I'll be rooting for Condit to be the spoiler. If Condit beats GSP, I should get Silva.

"If Condit doesn't win, maybe I'll have to fight the winner of Chris Weidman v Tim Boetsch - provided I get past Stann of course."

Asked if Silva's decision to step up to light-heavyweight to face Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 had any influence on Bisping's future, the Brit replied: "Silva v Bonnar has no ramifications on my situation at all."

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