Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: City of Champions
I would prefer that neither of these guys get a title shot after this fight. Leben doesn't belong in the ring with Anderson after his first showing unless he improves leaps and bounds and Bisping is new to the division and needs to get a few notches in his belt before he should be fed to Anderson. Maybe a fight with 2 of these guys first(Hendo, Franklin, Okami)and he would at least have beaten some solid MW guys and then give him the shot.
With that said, I've had a feeling for a long time that Bisping will be the guy to beat Anderson at 185 but if he's rushed into it he's just going to be just another guy that Silva has beaten. It's a natural progression for most fighters, build them up, stiffen the competition every time until they've matured as a fighter. Going from Leben to Anderson Silva is like jumping into the Arctic ocean immediately after sitting in a hot tub for an hour. Franklin, Hendo or Okami will test him and make him a better fighter in the process. If he can beat a couple of those guys I'm positive he'll be on the right level to test Anderson out.