On Tuesday, Michael Bisping revealed on “UFC Tonight” that his surgically-repaired knee was coming along nicely. So much so that the UFC middleweight already has a return date in mind, as well as the perfect opponents.
“I was speaking to [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva quite recently, and I’m hoping to fight at UFC 152 in Toronto,” Bisping said. “[I suggested] a couple of potential matchups, one being Brian Stann (Pictured). I know he’s got a shoulder injury, so I’m not sure if that will make it or not, but I’d like to fight Brian.
“He’s an incredible fighter and certainly somebody who would move me toward a title shot.”
The other 185-pounder Bisping called out was Alan Belcher. However, Stann stepped up to the plate before Belcher had to opportunity to respond.
“My shoulder will be ready, fans want it, we always deliver, lets do it, funny on 4th of July we are talking about fighting!” Stann tweeted Wednesday.
Stann was set to roll out the welcome wagon for Hector Lombard at “UFC on FOX 4” until a separated shoulder forced “The All-American” on the IR. Earlier this month, the 31-year-old claimed he would be back sooner than the two-month timetable his doctor had set.
Bisping was slated to battle Tim Boetsch next month at UFC 149 before going under the knife.
UFC 152 takes place September 22nd inside Air Canada Centre.