UFC middleweight Michael Bisping has done everything in his power to earn a crack at champion Anderson Silva other than avoid the occasional in-Octagon stumble. However, Bisping’s only blemish in his last six fights involved a questionable outpointing at the hands of Chael Sonnen and he’s since gotten back on the winning track by beating Brian Stann at UFC 152.

Based on his success, in addition to his level of marketability, Bisping has been very vocal about how deserving he feels he is of finally receiving the title-shot thus far eluding him in his career. However, he also understands he’s biased in the matter which is why “The Count” is open to a clash with Chris Weidman if required to prove his status as the division’s #1 contender.

“I was doing this when Chris Weidman was probably getting bullied out of his lunch money in school,” said Bisping in an interview with Inside MMA when asked about the rising star. “He’s undefeated, but he’s only had nine fights. Listen, the guy’s an incredible talent, and he’s a great prospect, but he’s still young in his career. Weidman’s got the youth and potential and all the tools to have a great career.”

“I’ve got nothing against Chris Weidman. It certainly seems that I do, because of I’ve been talking a lot of trash about him. I’m just trying to sell myself. I’m trying to provide for myself, and Chris Weidman’s a competitor against me. I wish him all the best,” continued Bisping before reasserting his position. “But, I think I deserve it, and my time’s now. If I’ve gotta fight Chris Weidman in the meantime? So be it.”

Weidman is believed to be next in line for Silva if he’s able to defeat Tim Boetsch in late December. With Bisping exiting UFC 152 without any injuries, he confirmed he will stay in shape just in case one of the two goes down as a means of being a potential replacement and truly cementing his spot at the top.