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British MMA fighter Michael Bisping put on one of the best performances of his career against Chael Sonnen at UFC on Fox 2. Unfortunately for Bisping, the judges gave Sonnen the decision (I personally felt Bisping won the fight) and the Oregon native will get the next crack at the most dominant champion in the history of MMA, Anderson Silva.

Even though Bisping didn’t get the nod at UFC on Fox 2, the outspoken MMA fighter feels he solidified his role as one of the top middleweights in the world. Bisping still wants a shot at the UFC’s middleweight title, and he hopes a win or two against top contenders will get him there.

“I don’t think it was a step backward,” Bisping said in an interview with MMAJunkie.com Radio. “If anything, I cemented myself as one of the top contenders in the division. I want to fight again soon. I’m aching to fight. … I was just going back and forth with [UFC president] Dana [White] last night, so I’m not sure where we’re at, but I’m hoping that [with] one more good win over a good opponent, I should fight the winner of Chael and Anderson later in the year.”

Given Bisping’s impressive performance against Sonnen, he’s certainly not far away from a title shot. Sonnen was initially scheduled to face Mark Munoz at UFC on Fox 2 (“The Filipino Wrecking Machine” had to withdraw due to an elbow injury). And it certainly makes sense to setup a Munoz vs. Bisping number one contender bout.

Munoz’ recovery is currently ahead of schedule, and the 34 year old has been cleared to resume training.

“Gr8 news given by Dr Kvitne! I could start training!!!!!! I’m back!!!! 1 month ahead of schedule! Yeah boyeeeeee!!!” Munoz tweeted on Feb. 28.

With Sonnen vs. Silva II set for June, the UFC has more than enough time to set up a number one contender bout featuring Munoz and Bisping. The winner can then face the Silva-Sonnen victor later on in the year.

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