Even though his middleweight bout with Yoshihiro Akiyama is still two months away, sources say UFC brass have already decided what’s next for Michael Bisping win, lose or draw at UFC 120 in October.
Bisping has been fiending for a 185-pound title shot for a while and with a win over Akiyama, he could find himself only one fight away from his dream. Fighter’s Only has learned that the Brit is currently in line to face either Chael Sonnen or Patrick Cote depending on the outcome of his October 16th bout.
With a win, Bisping would likely face Sonnen – who is fresh off a devastating loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 117 this past Saturday night. If “The Count” comes up short against Sexyama, Canadian Patrick Cote would likely be his next assignment.
Since being knocked out by Dan Henderson at UFC 100, Bisping has gone 2-1 with his lone loss coming at the hands of former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva at UFC 110. He bounced back nicely from the loss by easily outpointing Dan Miller at UFC 114 this past May.
After winning Season 3 of “The Ultimate Fighter” back in 2006, Bisping has compiled an impressive 8-3 record in the Octagon. Unfortunately, all three of his losses have been against top-level competition in the aforementioned Silva, Henderson and Rashad Evans.