The UFC middleweight division has been held hostage since last year when Michael Bisping defended his belt against Dan Henderson. Hendo wasn’t in the top five but Dana White gave into the fans and made the rematch from their epic battle at UFC 100 that saw “The Count” on the wrong end of a highlight reel knockout. Bisping avenged the loss in October but hasn’t fought since.
Bisping was penciled in to defend the title against former welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre in July. The fight was announced but GSP and the UFC couldn’t come to an agreement on the date. Now the fight is off and top contenders like Luke Rockhold are aggravated that the belt isn’t being defended.
The UFC scrapped the Bisping-GSP fight and was looking to get the division going again with “The Count” vs Yoel Romero. Then it was announced that Bisping was recovering from knee surgery and will be out until later this year. Dana White told ESPN he’s considering an interim title fight to keep the division going in Bisping’s absence.
“We’re trying to put together that Bisping-Romero fight. If he can’t fight this summer, we’ll probably create an interim title between Romero and Robert Whittaker.”
Romero is the clear #1 contender after knocking out former champ Chris Weidman last year. Robert Whittaker is ranked #3 after upsetting Jacare Souza earlier this year. Former champ Luke Rockhold wants a title shot but has been out since last June when he dropped the belt to Bisping. Rockhold wants a rematch but he will have to get a win over another top contender before getting his wish.
Gegard Mousasi can also lay claim to an interim title shot after his controversial win over Chris Weidman last month. Anderson Silva is also coming off a win and would sell a lot of pay per views if he got to fight for the belt one more time.