“He’s the Next Best Guy at 185” – Michael Bisping Says One Fighter Would’ve Been Champion by Now if It Wasn’t for Israel Adesanya

Published 12/24/2021, 11:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 05: Michael Bisping looks on as he is inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame during the UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Induction Ceremony inside The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort on July 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Michael Bisping was all praises for Marvin Vettori in a recent Q&A on YouTube.

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The former UFC middleweight champion and one of the fan favorites recently held a Q&A with his fans. During the session, a fan asked about a possible matchup between Vettori and Khamzat Chimaev. While answering the question, ‘The Count’ said that the number 2 ranked middleweight is a tremendous guy.

‘The Italian Dream’ recently dispatched the hard-hitting Paulo Costa in a five-round war and according to Bisping, he’s the 2nd best fighter in the division.

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While talking about Vettori, Bisping said, “If it wasn’t for Israel Adesanya right now, he’d be the champ, definitely.

“He’s the next best guy at 185, in my opinion, he’s doing tremendous things. I’m a friend of Marvin’s. I think he’s tremendous. That fight he had against Paulo Costa was sensational. I called that fight, I was right there, he won that fight fair and square but Paulo Costa had a lot of success and some of the shots that Marvin ate, some of those kicks and punches and the power that Costa has, Marvin took every single f***ing one of them.

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“Never took a backwards step and fired right back every single time. It was a really inspiring performance. I was already a fan but after that, I was like wow, this guy is incredible, man,” he added.

UFC’s middleweight division is stacked with contenders

Israel Adesanya is the current UFC middleweight champion. He was last seen inside the octagon back in June when he defended his title in a rematch against Marvin Vettori. It was a relatively comfortable fight for ‘The Last Stylebender.’ He won the fight via a unanimous decision. Right now, he is slated to go up against the former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in a rematch of the UFC 243 fight.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 06: Israel Adesanya makes his way to the Octagon for the Middleweight title bout during UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Two other contenders in the division, Jared Cannonier and Derek Brunson are preparing to face each other at UFC 271. Both are number 3 and number 4 respectively and are believed to be next in line for a title shot. Brunson is currently on a five-fight win streak with his last defeat coming at the hands of the current champ, Israel Adesanya.

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Cannonier, on the other hand, faced Kelvin Gastelum in his previous fight and came out the victor. He won the fight without being put under too much pressure through the five rounds.

Another name on the list of contenders is Sean Strickland. The number 7 ranked middleweight is currently on a five-fight win streak and is one of the fan favorites. He will face Jack Hermansson at UFC Fight Night 201, and a win against him will definitely get everyone talking about a title shot for him.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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