Michael Bisping Congratulates Silva, but Disagrees With Decision

UFC middleweight Michael Bisping needed at least 20 seconds to get back to his feet after the final bell against Wanderlei Silva, but the British star still believes he did enough to win a decision in the co-main event of UFC 110.

"It's a close fight, but personally, I thought I won rounds one and two," he said in the post-fight press conference. "Congrats to him though."

All three ringside judges scored the bout 29-28 for Silva.

Just a short time earlier, talking to Joe Rogan, Bisping was more conciliatory in his remarks.

"It was an absolute pleasure to step in with someone like Wanderlei," he said. "I grew up watching him fight. I know there was a bit of bad blood before the fight, but I do have respect for him. He got the decision, he got the knockdown at the end. I'm bummed out."

Bisping (18-3) had a good first round as both fighters fought cautiously, with Bisping backing off from his trademark bell-to-bell action and Silva patiently stalking. "The Count" used a handful of takedowns in the first round to frustrate Silva and win the round.

The second was close, as the two opened up their offense and Silva began to find a home for his strikes, adding leg kicks to the equation and also scoring a takedown of his own. The Brazilian then clearly won the decisive third after knocking Bisping down in the closing seconds of the fight. Had there been just a few more seconds, he might have been able to finish.

"Tough fight, close match, but I think I won," said Silva (33-10-1). "I had good position, and [the] knockdown in the last round. Maybe if the round last five more seconds, I'd win by knockout, too."

As is his style, Bisping walked out unphased. Though disappointed by the decision, he asked for a quick return to action, and said he wouldn't mind another crack at Silva in the future.

"I'm good to go. I feel like I could do another three rounds now," Bisping said. "I'd love to have a rematch with Wanderlei. I love to fight top guys. I lost tonight. I'm pissed off; I don't like losses. I take this very seriously, this is my life. I don't know if people realize how hard I train."

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