Michael "The Count" Bisping isn't much of a happy camper these days.
Since making his UFC debut back in 2006 against Josh Haynes at light-heavyweight, Bisping has been trying to wrap his arms around UFC gold, but the belt keeps eluding him.
The former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 2 winner even changed weight classes to improve his title shot chances after a heart breaking defeat to Rashad Evans at UFC 78.
Bisping made his middleweight debut at UFC 83 against Charles McCarthy, and since then the UFC veteran has gone 8-3, however, he is still waiting for a chance to prove himself against a UFC champion.
Bisping often finds himself wondering how someone with his stellar UFC record and a veteran of 16 UFC fights could have somehow slipped through the cracks and not gotten a shot at UFC glory?
"I haven’t had the title shot yet," Bisping told UFC.com. "I think it's long overdue, and I get a little pissed off when I think of some of the people, like Patrick Cote and Thales Leites, that have had title shots, but I've still got a long ways to go. I haven't had a title shot yet, and I haven't been the champ yet. And never mind the title shot; the belt is what I'm after, and until I achieve that, I won't sit back on my porch in a rocking chair just yet."
Though Bisping is clearly frustrated that he's been overlooked, he believes a strong performance against the ever dangerous Brian Stann should make him the number one contender to the UFC's middleweight title.
Bisping is scheduled to face Stann this Saturday night at UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada in a possible number one contender match-up for the UFC middleweight title.
"When I look at him, he's very effective at what he does, but I'm not overly impressed. He hasn't got the biggest skill set. He's basic at what he throws, but he's effective, and often the basics are the best. But he hasn't got a massive box of tricks that I've got to look out for. He doesn't even use his jab very much – it's a right hand and a left hook and a low kick.
"Yeah, if you get in the clinch he'll throw a knee or whatever, but he's not the type of guy that's coming in with crazy kicks or flying knees or things like that. So in that respect he's quite easy to prepare for. I believe with good head movement and good speed, I should be able to pick him apart all day. And while I'm doing that, I'll mix in a few takedowns, I'll look for submissions and ground and pound, he'll get back to his feet and I'll repeat it all over again until it's too much for him, he caves in to the pressure, and the referee drags me off. That's how I see the fight going down."