Michael Bisping has made it clear that he is aiming to knock Anderson Silva out when they meet in the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 83 in London on February 27.
For Silva, this bout will be his first after he was handed a one-year ban for testing positive for banned substances. Bisping meanwhile will be looking to win his third consecutive fight and increase his chances of getting a middleweight title shot.
“I’m going to give Anderson zero respect once that door shuts,” Bisping told reporters. “I'm signing this contract to beat this guy, to knock him out, to end his career. I'm going to fight my fight.”
Bisping also revealed that he has little respect for Silva as the 40-year-old Brazilian has tested positive for banned substances on numerous occasions throughout his career.
Bisping added that Silva should be ashamed of himself as he had to use performance enhancing drugs to win fights.
“I just want to say something. We are all chasing the dream, we all have the dream of being a champion, but you've got to do it through hard work and determination,” he said.
“The fact of the matter is Anderson Silva tested positive for not one, not two, but three banned substances inside his body and while I must say I respect him as a fighter, I must say I lost a lot of respect for him because of that.
“This fight represents me beating all the people that want to beat the system. I have never taken a performance enhancing drug in my life and anyone that does should be ashamed.
“To call yourself a martial artist but to then take performance enhancing drugs is the biggest contradiction you could ever make and to be honest he should be ashamed of himself.”