Michael BispingFor the past few months UFC middleweight Michael Bisping has been attempting to talk his way into a title-shot despite only having a single win since his most recent stumble. Still, the 33-year old Brit has been making a convincing case, especially when considering his decision loss to Chael Sonnen could have gone either way.

While Bisping is positioned to add a ton of substance to his claim at top contendership when he battles Vitor Belfort in January, it sounds like a convincing win against the seasoned Brazilian still may not be enough to score “The Count” a clash with champion Anderson Silva.

“If Bisping wins, Bisping will probably get that next shot. If not, we’ll see what happens,” said UFC President Dana White at the post-event press conference for the Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, leaving the door slightly open for options other than Bisping.

Bisping holds an overall record of 23-4 and has beaten a number of notable adversaries including Jason Miller, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and most recently Brian Stann. Standing in his way of aspirations for divisional gold, other than Belfort, are other game contenders such as Alan Belcher, Tim Boetsch, and Chris Weidman, as well as the notion Silva has expressed interest in sitting out for an extended period of time.