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Anderson Silva calls out 'afraid' Michael Bisping for rematch

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Moments after Vitor Belfort asked for a rematch against Anderson Silva, "The Spider" made clear that he has another opponent in mind.

The former UFC middleweight kingpin, who lost a close decision to now 185-pound champion Michael Bisping in London on Feb. 27, called out "The Count" on his Instagram page. Silva wrote that Bisping is "afraid" to fight him again, so he offered to face him one more time in England.

Well, I could give you million reasons to make the fight against Bisping happen, but the truth is that he is afraid. I'm not going to compare myself to others even mention someone else, but in my perspective I believe I have the right to a fight with him once again, because I have won London's fight and a rematch was promised. However, as he was injured by me during the fight, he wouldn't be prepared to fight too soon, then he was ready to replace someone, but not to face me in Brazil, right? You know I lived an unexpected situation having a surgery, but if it wasn't happened I could fight in Brazil. So, I think it's time to show that I'm serious, I've never asked for a rematch with no adversary, but I do want to have an opportunity of a fight with Bisping, I deserve that for everything I have achieve into the organization saving last time fights' events even in upper categories, fighting injured, broke a leg. I have proved why I am the best in world in this sport and I humbly say that none of my adversaries who supposedly defeated me have achieved or will my actions into the organization. Undoubtedly, I believe this rematch will be the best step for UFC and Dana is aware of it, because numbers does tell and as we always have to stand by the group let it be from both sides. If I could help him to feel more confident and less afraid I would agree to fight him in his hometown, Manchester.

After defeating Silva by unanimous decision in London, Bisping went on to become the middleweight champion with a first-round knockout over Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. It’s still unclear who will get the first crack at Bisping, while Rockhold, Chris Weidman, Ronaldo Souza and Dan Henderson campaign for the fight.