Bisping: I’m not fighting Silva

Michael Bisping has insisted that he will not be fighting Anderson Silva even though the Brazilian claimed that they would be facing each other in early 2016. 

Bisping admitted there was a time that he wanted to fight Silva, but that changed after the former UFC middleweight champion tested positive for steroids at UFC 182 in January and was banned for a year, a suspension which he is still currently serving. 

"You know, to be honest, I've always wanted to fight Anderson Silva. Everybody knows that. That's been well documented," Bisping told MMA Junkie Radio. "The fact is, I kind of said to myself recently, ‘Anybody that tests positive for performance-enhancing drugs, I want no part of it'.

"As far as I'm concerned, you've been a cheat. I don't think that at 39 years old, having the career that Anderson Silva had, I don't think you make the decision at 39 years old to try this new thing called steroids."

The 36-year-old also believes that Silva might have been using steroids throughout his career and added that the 40-year-old Brazilian doesn't deserve to be in the Octagon with him. 

"I think he must have been on the juice the whole time," he said. "I've never used any of that stuff, and I don't see why I should have to fight people who have used those products. So, I don't know whether I would take a fight with Anderson Silva after that's all said and done."