Once again, Michael “The Count” Bisping has bounced back from possible divisional irrelevance and continued to avoid a two-fight slump by defeated C.B. Dollaway by unanimous decision at UFC 186 in Montreal. It’s a win, as he noted after the fight, over a highly ranked opponent, and while not the stoppage he was looking for, it gives him breathing room once more. Yet as Bisping knows only all too well, he needs to string some consecutive victories together. He’s been trading wins and losses since 2011, over a total of nine fights.

Maybe he should consider another bout in Canada: with his win over Dollaway, he’s now 3-1 on Canadian soil.

Either way, Bisping, who stated that he had no real injuries after Saturday’s bout, needs to get back to work as soon as possible and build some momentum. To do so, here are three possible fights for him to take next.

Gegard Mousasi/Costas Philippou Winner

Having fought all over the globe for organizations like Pride, Strikeforce, DEEP, and now the UFC, Gegard Mousasi is a popular fighter who has always taken on some of the top fighters around. Now at home in the UFC middleweight division, he’s ranked seventh, and would be an excellent fight for the tenth ranked Bisping (who will likely bump up a spot or two in the next few days following this win).

Mousasi is taking on Costas Philippou mid-May, so the timing would be right. And should Philippou win, he wouldn’t be a bad option either.

Dan Henderson/Tim Boetsch Winner

The Count scoffed at the idea of fighting Hendo again recently, but don’t think for a second that he wouldn’t enjoy some revenge over the man who had a highlight reel knockout over him. That clip still makes the rounds on every major MMA website and is frequently cited as a favourite knockout by fans.

Of course, should Hendo lose his next bout, we may have seen the last of him. Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch, however, would also be a suitable foe, and has never faced Bisping to date. Plus, a win over Hendo would probably put him on the outskirts of the top ten, which, while not as far up the ladder as The Count might like, wouldn’t exactly hurt him either.

Yoel Romero

If Michael Bisping really wants to shoot up in the divisional rankings, maybe a bout with Yoel Romero could work. Romero has struggled with injury of late, twice missing out on a match with Jacare Souza; should he be healthy, this is a fight that could actually put Bisping where he so desperately wants to be: back in the title picture.

It’s a touch match-up, but in the top fifteen of the UFC middleweight division, there aren’t really any easy fights to be found.

About The Author

Senior Staff Writer

Covering the sport of MMA from Ontario, Canada, Jay Anderson has been writing for various publications covering sports, technology, and pop culture since 2001. Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, and a Certificate in Leadership Skills from Humber College under the Ontario Management Development Program. When not slaving at the keyboard, he can be found in the company of his dog, a good book, or getting lost in the woods.