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Bisping to Get Loser of Marquardt-Okami?

In a recent interview with Fighters Only, UFC president Dana White revealed that the next time Michael Bisping steps through the doors of the Octagon to compete, he will be staring across the cage at a top five opponent.

Considering the options, it’s a pretty safe bet that said opponent will be the loser of the UFC 122 bout between Yushin Okami and Nate Marquardt.

Let’s look at the simple deductive reasoning we used that helped us come to our conclusion:

Anderson Silva (1) is fighting Vitor Belfort (2) next in February and Bisping is at least a few fights away from a title shot, so it isn’t going to be either of them. Chael Sonnen (3) is out for at least a year unless he can convince CSAC on December 2 that a Mexican imposter gave his pre-fight urine sample. The chances that "The Count" is going to sit around waiting to fight him when he comes back are slim to none, so that eliminates him as well.

If you drop Sonnen from the top five, the only reasonable candidates to take his place on the list are Rousimar Palhares and Alan Belcher. One could argue that Belcher has beaten better quality opponents, earning him the nod for the number five slot, but since he is sidelined indefinitely with a serious eye injury, he won’t be fighting Bisping any time soon either. 

So that leaves the two men Sonnen beat last year: Okami (4) and Marquardt (5). Dana has insinuted that the winner of the bout will likely get the winner of Belfort vs. Silva so the booby prize could very well be a cocky Brit.

We’ll likely know by year’s end who Bisping’s next foe will be, but when Dana announces that he will be fighting the loser of the Okami-Marquardt fight, remember who called it.

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ktronics- October 23, 2010 at 9:57 am
After his last three performances I really don't see how you could put Maia top 5...
itsgalf- October 23, 2010 at 8:55 am
It's either Marquardt, Okami, or Maia.
Dagnut- October 23, 2010 at 2:00 am
Discounting Sonnen what other top fighters has Maia beaten?
stopdrinkingpee- October 23, 2010 at 1:06 am
Jesus Christ, Mike, quit being so defensive. A little banter won't kill you, I swear, even if people (gasp!) disagree with you or point out that you were wrong. You fucked up, simple as that. Rankings are OPINIONS, and they are fluid. There is not one "right" ranking, and Maia in the top 5 is a reasonable position. If we don't count Sonnen and we're only looking at the UFC, I think it would be crazy NOT to have him in the top 5. Plus, as you yourself alluded to, it wouldn't be at all out of character for Dana to take some liberties with who he considers "top-5".

I'd like to see Bisping against Maia or the loser of Marquardt-Okami. Those both make sense to me.
ghostboner- October 22, 2010 at 3:55 pm
Bisping vs Starnes. And when Dana announces it, remember who called it. It will take place on treadmills facing opposite directions or on bicycles in that Indian Wall of Death Car Circus.

And how the F does mmaweekly rank Shields at #2 MW? Marquardt would crush him so fast that it would....still be boring.
Dagnut- October 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm
I think Maia is way off/

My rankings for the ufc Middleweight- as it stands now.

1 Silva - Obvious anyone who disagrees deserves to be shot in the head with a ball of their own shit.
2 Marquardt - fcuked up against Sonnen if he hadn't wouldn't even be up for debate - hes beaten Maia and Palhares both in one round both supposedly top 5 fighters
3.Belcher - Injured we know but on recent match ups deserves his place.
4.Okami- personally I don't rate him but to be subjective you have to take on others opinions
5 Bisping- Fair enough he's a wanker but I would of had Leben or Akiyama here and he's beaten both.

Belfort- I love him one of the fighters who got me into MMA BUT he hasn't fought at middle weight for 20 months that's a long time and it wasn't even against a top 10 fighter

Palhares and Maia- don't rate either fighter sorry that's just me

Sonnen - banned no need to say anymore
Mike Russell- October 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm
 LOL@believing anything the plagiarists at MMAWeekly have to say about MMA.And Dana usually means top 5 UFC fighters when he says top 5. 
RwilsonR- October 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm
I would also think that with Chael Sonnen being out, Maia would easily move into the top 5.
blackboxmma- October 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm
Posted on October 1, 2010 by Staff
1. Anderson Silva

2. Jake Shields

3. Nathan Marquardt

4. Demian Maia

5. Dan Henderson

6. Yushin Okami

7. Robbie Lawler

8. Jorge Santiago

9. Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza

10. Michael Bisping

Almost North- October 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm
As this poster clearly indicates, elbows are the new punches.
Mike Russell- October 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm
Maia isn't top 5.
J-Bro- October 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm
Maia, Wandy or maybe a rematch with Leben?

I know Leben's fighting Stann (and a DUI) first, but maybe after.

Either way Bisping will get owned by all 3 guys I mentioned, as well as every fighter mentioned in this post (including Palheres and Belcher)

Bisping has a chance againt guys like Grove or Cote, but when it comes to "Top 5" (or IMO "Top 10") competition- not so much
Videodrome_NOW- October 22, 2010 at 11:35 am
Yeah, you left out Maia.
Elentius- October 22, 2010 at 11:28 am
Somebody fucked up!
blackboxmma- October 22, 2010 at 11:28 am
demian maia
Sakuraba3900- October 22, 2010 at 11:27 am
Bisping is in the back... anywho I'm kinda excited to see Bisping fight a top five Guy after all the talking that he does. Everytime he's fought anyone of note he gets smashed and boy do I like seeing The Cunt get smashed.
That_guy- October 22, 2010 at 11:21 am
Now with that being said, I don't get the Belfort vs. Okami graphic. Did my mmath fail me?
That_guy- October 22, 2010 at 11:20 am
This is a douchy thing to do, but... FIRST.