UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is fully aware of the top contenders for the title and has no issue is defending the belt against them, he just does not think they have much drawing power.
“Well, business-wise, nobody really cares about Luke Rockhold,” Bisping said on The MMA Hour (transcription via MMA Fighting). “Unfortunately, business-wise, nobody cares about Chris Weidman either, so I don’t think either of them really make me that much money, unfortunately. They’re probably the best two guys in the division other than me, and nobody gives a sh-t about them. Nobody gives a damn. That’s why Chris Weidman couldn’t main event a pay-per-view (when he was champion), he was always the co-main event.
“But I’ll just take on the best challengers. I know what people said about the [Dan] Henderson fight, but the UFC came to me with the match. I didn’t ask for it, so I said yeah, sure. And now I’m happy to take on whoever the true No. 1 contender is, so we’ll see who wins these fights, and whoever it is, I’ll happily fight him. I’ve never ducked a fight in my life.”
Coming up this year are two top contender bouts in Weidman vs. Yoel Romero and Rockhold vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza II. Both are unofficially title eliminator bouts, though Bisping holds a slight preference towards Weidman.
“Obviously it’s got to be one of the big contenders next,” Bisping said. “We’ll see how the chips fall regarding their fights. I think I’d like Weidman, to be honest. If Weidman could get past Romero, that’d be a fight that interests me.”