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Michael Bisping and Anthony Smith suggest Sean Strickland as Chris Weidman's next opponent

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Michael Bisping and Anthony Smith want Chris Weidman to face a big name next.

Weidman (16-7 MMA, 12-7 UFC) picked up his first win since August 2020 when he defeated Bruno Silva at UFC on ESPN 54 – a TKO result that was later ruled a unanimous decision after an instant replay showed As Weidman Silva hit the punch, look him in the eye twice before dropping him.

Although there has been controversy surrounding the finish, Smith believes former champion Weidman is still capable of facing elite competition in the middleweight division.

“Skill for skill, I think he can compete with anyone in this division all the way to the top,” Smith said on a recent episode of the “Believe You Me” podcast. “But the question is: Can he stay healthy enough to put together a run? … If you can get him a big name halfway through, maybe you can speed it up.”

While looking through the rankings, Bisping dropped the name Sean Strickland (28-6 MMA, 15-6 UFC), who recently lost his middleweight title in a contest against Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297.

“Give him Sean Strickland,” Bisping said. “Sean Strickland-Chris Weidman: 'The All-American' vs. 'Here's the thing guys' Americans.” Do it. I think it’s a good combination.”

Smith was immediately sold on the idea.

“This is a really good fight,” Smith said. “I didn't even think about that. I’ll write that to him straight away.”

Strickland would be a big step up in contention after Weidman rebounded with a win over unranked Silva. Previously, the 39-year-old dropped a decision to Brad Tavares at UFC 292 – his first setback since suffering a gruesome broken leg in April 2021.

The story originally appeared on MMA Junkie