UFC middleweight Michael Bisping is coming off his second loss in three fights - the first submission loss of his career at the hands of Luke Rockhold last month - but is still set on climbing the ranks of the UFC's 185lb division in pursuit of that illusive title shot.
â€śI want to fight again ASAP,â€ť Bisping told MMAjunkie Radio. â€śI do have a couple of niggling injuries, nothing serious, and I need to give them a little time to heal up. Besides that, I believe everybody in the top-15 is now matched up.
â€śI think after January or February, all those fights will have taken place, and there will be a lot of people who want to fight.â€ť
There was a great deal of trash talk between he and Rockhold leading up to their main event bout at UFC Fight Night 55, but Bisping was humble in defeat. He gives credit to Luke for the win, but cites problems with his vision during the fight as something that held him back.
â€śRegarding the fight, obviously congratulations to Luke, he was the better man on the night,â€ť Bisping said. â€śUnfortunately, in the first round, we did clash heads, and blood was pouring into my eye after that. I couldnâ€™t really see.
â€śAt the end of the first round, if anybody cares to watch, and they probably wonâ€™t, but if they do watch, theyâ€™ll see that when the cutman comes to me, I grab the towel off him and wipe my eyeball, because every time I blink, itâ€™s smearing blood across my eyes, and I couldnâ€™t see."
He continued: â€śObviously, with my other eye, with the detached retina, I can see, but it isnâ€™t as good as it used to be, and the blood was pouring into the other eye. He caught me with a good kick, but I couldnâ€™t really see.â€ť
Michael is currently ranked #9 in his weight class with all other top-ten fighters, with the exception of Tim Kennedy who defeated Bisping via unanimous decision in April, currently being matched up. Coming off a loss and being at the bottom-end of the top-10, it's more likely Bisping will be given an opponent ranked somewhere below him in the top-15 next.
Whatever happens, the 35-year-old British fighter isn't planning on slowing down any time soon.
â€śIâ€™m going to rebuild myself," he said. "Iâ€™m going to reassert myself as one of the top contenders. Thereâ€™s plenty of life left in the old dog yet, believe you me. Iâ€™m still hungry, and I still want that title. But Iâ€™m going to go away and rack up some wins, kick some arse, and then before you know it, Iâ€™ll be pissing everybody off talking about title shots again."