Before we get started, let me just point out that MMABay.co.uk has an accuracy rate of about .500 when it comes to breaking news — which is great if you’re batting cleanup, and not so great if you’re an MMA news site. So take the validity of this rumor as somewhere between "Kimo Leopoldo is dead" and "Josh Barnett is innocent." Anyway:
Our first reaction is: No way. The UFC needs to give their U.K. poster boy something closer to a guaranteed rebound for his next fight, and Silva could potentially give Bisping his second-consecutive brain-rattling knockout. But the more we think about the matchup, the more it makes sense. If you’re going to headline an event with Michael Bisping, you’d better make sure his opponent is a big-name draw. (After all, UFC 78 is not exactly looked back on as a fan favorite.) Bisping and Wandy’s stocks have plummeted after their recent defeats, and this match will salvage the career of at least one of them — even if the other guy has to be sacrificed. Plus, Michael Bisping and Quinton Jackson are BFFs, while Wanderlei Silva and Quinton Jackson are mortal enemies, so there’s that little storyline.
We’ll let you know if there’s an official confirmation by either camp. In the meantime, what do you think of the Count vs. the Axe Murderer: Idiotic, or so stupid it just might work?