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White: Bisping v Silva is interesting

ESPN staff
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UFC president Dana White has told matchmaker Joe Silva that Michael Bisping v Anderson Silva "would be an interesting fight", but admits he does not know if the Brit's next bout will be for the middleweight title.

Bisping outclassed Brian Stann at UFC 152 in Toronto, out-striking the American on his feet before turning to his wrestling to ram the victory home. A unanimous 29-28 decision was rendered, although it wasn't the stoppage the Brit had hoped for in order to cement a title shot.

The landscape is unclear ahead with White talking about Silva facing Georges St-Pierre, while another contender for the belt, Chris Weidman, is set to meet Tim Boetsch. Is Bisping's next fight against Silva or the winner of Weidman v Boetsch? White could not answer.

"It was a great fight, me and Joe Silva were talking earlier tonight and I said Bisping v Silva is an interesting fight," White said at the UFC 152 post-fight press conference.

"Bisping gets booed, but he always brings it, he always fights hard, I'm running around your question like a mother[f***er], this division is so stacked. There's a line of guys queuing for this title shot.

"What's next for Bisping? I don't know what's next."

Asked if Silva was still heading for a mooted showdown with St-Pierre, White said: "That fight's a hypothetical fight. When I talk GSP v Anderson Silva, I'm in no way over-looking Carlos Condit. This is a tough fight for St-Pierre.

"To talk about an Anderson Silva fight is 100 per cent hypothetical."

Bisping explained his tactics going into the fight with Stann, saying: "I thought if I had one advantage it was my wrestling, but this is the UFC and we're here to fight. I wanted to knock him down and submit him, I wanted to shoot when he expected me to punch and I wanted to punch when he expected me to shoot.

"I wanted to finish but didn't get it. Brian's tough."

Stann was certainly left with plenty of admiration for Bisping, saying: "I rank him as the No. 2 middleweight in the world right now. I hope he gets his title shot."

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