Chris Weidman has made it clear that he still regards Michael Bisping as an underdog in the middleweight division even though he is the reigning champion.
Bisping became champion with a stunning first-round knockout win over Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 in June and defended his title earlier this month when he defeated veteran Dan Henderson via unanimous decision at UFC 204.
While Bisping has beaten some of the top-ranked fighters in the middleweight division, Weidman said he still doesn’t see anything that makes the Briton stand out in his eyes.
“It’s crazy because the middleweight division right now, you’ve got probably one of the toughest divisions – except the champion,” Weidman told Newsday. “I feel like the champion is kind of the odd ball out. I think he’d be an underdog to all the top 10 guys.”
Weidman added that he felt as if Henderson should have been crowned the new middleweight champion at UFC 204.
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Bisping and Henderson traded blows throughout their bout, which went the distance, but Weidman believes that Henderson won rounds one, two and five.
“I thought Dan Henderson won the fight, I thought he won rounds one, two and five,” Weidman said. “I thought he should have got a 10-8 round, he had the guy finished in the first round and it could’ve been stopped.
“I think [Derek] Brunson beats him, I think Mousasi beats him. There’s a lot of guys that beat him. I have to look at the rankings, but he’s just at the door with the top 10 guys.”
Weidman has been looking to regain the middleweight title, which he lost to Rockhold at UFC 194 in December last year, but was sidelined with a neck injury earlier this year.
With the 32-year-old fit and healthy, he will begin on the road to an eventual title shot with a fight against Yoel Romero at UFC 205 on November 12.