Dana White confirms who is getting the next shot at middleweight champion Michael Bisping 5 years ago

Dana White confirms who is getting the next shot at middleweight champion Michael Bisping

We're not in for any Hendo-esque shocks when it comes to the next opponent for Michael Bisping.

Prior to the announcement of the UFC 204 headliner, not many would have been able to predict that veteran Dan Henderson, who had gone 3-6 in his previous nine fights, would get the chance to meet Bisping with gold on the line.

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But it came to pass and 'The Count' successfully defended against Henderson in the main event in Manchester last month, avenging his UFC 100 defeat in the process.

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However UFC president Dana White has insisted that Bisping's second title defence will be a somewhat more logical choice.

Ahead of UFC 205, White revealed that the winner of the main card clash between former champ Chris Weidman and Yoel Romero would get a shot at Bisping's belt.

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"What's next for Bisping will be the winner of tonight's fight between Weidman and Romero," White said in a Facebook Q&A for MetroPCS early on Saturday evening.

Romero left no doubt about his challenger status as he stunned Weidman with a slicing flying knee and, afterwards, engaged in a war of somewhat indecipherable words with Bisping, who was on analysis duty for Fox.

The Cuban Olympian was treated to two middle fingers by 'The Count' from his perch while Romero staked his claim for a title shot.

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And White confirmed in the post-fight press conference that he felt Bisping vs. Romero was the most exciting fight to make.

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Originally, it was believed that November would play out in something of a mini-middleweight tournament, with the prize a title shot against the brash Brit but that was before the UFC Melbourne headliner between Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza and Luke Rockhold fell apart due to an injury to Rockhold, the man Bisping beat to claim 185lbs gold.

Souza bizarrely took to the scales at the UFC 205 weigh-ins, where he was compensated as something of a potential alternate if either Weidman or Romero had failed to make it to fight night.

 

But Romero made it to fight night and then some, as Weidman's scar tissue will tell you.

And now it looks like he's set to test his freakish athleticism against Bisping, with the middleweight title at stake.

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