"It depends on the fighter. I want to fight for at least another ten years. But there's plenty of fighters out there who fight so stupid, go to war with the guy and get destroyed, but I fight intelligently. Many fighters who have gone through many surgeries, I just got through with my first. He (Vitor Belfort) seemed like an old man in his last fight ... After I beat him, maybe he retires." -Michael Bisping via Tatame
Top ranked middleweight Michael Bisping is confident that at 33-years old, he has taken good enough care of his body, and fought smart enough that he can still fight for another ten years in the UFC.
He's already put in 6-years with the organization and remains among the most popular top-ranked fighters with that amount of tenure in the organization without getting a shot at a title.
That could change soon however, as UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva's management team has confirmed that if Bisping defeats Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 7, they would accept a fight against the outspoken Brit and allow him to challenge for Silva's title.
The long desired title shot has eluded Bisping for years, but now only one man stands in front of his goal.
Belfort is coming off of an impressive performance against light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 152. The middleweight almost finished the young champion in the first round with a tight armbar, but was eventually submitted in the fourth round.
Bisping, however, believed the 35-year old former champion looked old, and could retire after he beats him in front of his countryman on Jan. 19 inside the Ibirapuera Arena in São Paulo, Brazil.