I have seen many users on Sherdog claim that Anderson Silva in his prime would have easily defeated Michael Bisping (despite the fact that Anderson is only 4 years older than Michael). There are even users on Sherdog that think the Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping battle should be turned into a No Contest/No Decision. In the year 2008, Anderson Silva was the UFC Middleweight World Champion. In 2008, Michael Bisping decided to move from the Light Heavyweight division to the Middleweight division. I suppose that UFC 90 (which took place on October 25, 2008) would be the best time for this hypothetical encounter. On October 25, 2008, Anderson Silva was 33 years old and Michael Bisping was 29 years old. Again, I must emphasize the fact that ANDERSON SILVA IS ONLY FOUR YEARS OLDER THAN MICHAEL BISPING. According to Zuffa/UFC, Anderson Silva is 6 ft 2 in tall (1.88 meters). Michael Bisping is 6 ft 1 in tall (1.85 meters). Obviously, this hypothetical duel would be for the UFC Middleweight (171 lb - 185 lb) World Championship and it would be scheduled for a maximum of 5 rounds. Before UFC 90, Anderson Silva already had 3 title defences. He had won his last eight competitions. Yushin Okami was the last person to defeat Anderson Silva (and it was by Disqualification). At the time, Anderson's record in MMA was 24-4 and his record in Boxing was 1-1. Anderson's most recent victory was against James Irvin when he stopped him in the first round. Silva decided to temporarily move to the Light Heavyweight division at UFC Fight Night 14: Silva vs. Irvin. After UFC Fight Night 14, James Irvin tested positive for Methadone and Oxymorphone. Before October 2008, Michael Bisping had won his last two fights. Rashad Evans was the last person to defeat Michael Bisping (and it was by a close split decision). After losing his first battle, Michael Bisping decided to move to the Middleweight division. At the time, Michael's record was 16-1 in MMA. Michael's most recent victory was against Jason Day when he stopped him in the first round at UFC 85. At UFC 90, the #1 contender was Yushin Okami. However, Okami injured himself and could not compete at UFC 90. Therefore, Zuffa/UFC chose Patrick Côté to replace Yushin. Anderson Silva stopped Patrick in the third round. Before UFC 90, Patrick Côté's record was 13-4 in MMA. Nowadays, he is in the Welterweight division. Obviously, the reason that Zuffa/UFC could not give Bisping a title shot was because he had just won a decision against Chris Leben at UFC 89 (which took place on October 18, 2008). After UFC 89, Chris Leben tested positive for Stanozolol steroids. It should be noted that Chris Leben is 1-0 against Patrick Côté. He won a close split decision against Côté in 2005. Obviously, every day is different but how different do you think that Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping would have been in 2008 after you saw what happened in 2016?