Machida fights Munoz this Saturday in England, and Bisping will be waiting in the wings as a possible challenger for the winner.
All three men are in the mix for a UFC middleweight title shot sometime in 2014. Machida, Munoz and Bisping are all considered legit top 10 contenders in the division, so the British brawler isn't just blowing smoke when he says he deserves a crack at the winner.
"In some ways, this is going to be best thing to happen to me," Bisping said of a recent eye injury that almost ended his career. "I know it sounds like a cliche, but I had my career almost taken away, and it made me realize how much I still have left to achieve in this sport. If time was called on my career right now, I wouldn't be happy with what I achieved. Yes, I get some notoriety and put some dollars in my bank account and whatever, but I want a lot more out of it than that. I want to stabilize my future and my children's future as well. So this has really made me even hungrier than ever.
“It’s quite funny, somebody on Twitter recently said, ‘If you were to be a superhero and could have any power, what would it be?’ And I thought, ‘undetachable retinas,’” he said. “But hopefully this whole episode is behind me now. I’m doing all the correct things. The doctors are very happy.”
Bisping has still never received a UFC title shot, so he says he has a lot to prove in the sport. Despite his recent eye injury, he would like to return to the cage early next year, perhaps against the winner of Machida vs Munoz.
"All I was concerned about was my career and fighting," Bisping said. "This defines me as a person. It is what I do. I’ve come to a point now where I’ve been in the UFC for a long time but I still haven't had a title shot. I still haven't been a world champion. I still feel like I've got a lot to prove in the sport. Because I’ve been around a while, I'm towards the higher end of the pay scale as well. It's my career, it's my job. That's what I do. I just bought a house. I was like, 'S---, is this where it ends?'"