MMA veteran Vitor Belfort came close to dethroning Jon Jones during the first round of their UFC 152 encounter, but “The Phenom” ended up falling short against the youngest champion in the promotion’s history.
Vitor’s next fight will be against “Ultimate Fighter” season three winner, Michael Bisping, and the old lion is looking forward to redeeming himself against a top middleweight contender.
The two will headline the “UFC on FX 7” fight card, scheduled for Jan. 19, at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil.
“It is definitely a fight for the chance to dispute the belt,” Vitor said about his upcoming fight. “For me, Bisping is in a better position than Weidman in the ranking. This not only about winning, it is about fighting against the best and he fought Wanderlei Silva, Rashad Evans.”
Bisping and Belfort are both competent strikers, so the majority of their fight will probably be spent standing up. “The Count” has more variety in his attacks, but Belfort’s hands are a lot more dangerous.
As always, Vitor Belfort has no plans to talk trash to Bisping heading into their UFC on FX 7 encounter, as he’ll be 100 percent focused on defeating the Brit and moving a step closer to the a shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight title.
“I don’t know [about Bisping talking trash], it doesn’t change anything in my mind,” Vitor Belfort added. “I have respect for my opponents. Am I going to be concerned about something that almost doesn’t affect me? I think Bisping is a very good and obstinate fighter. He doesn’t pick his fight and he is disposed to fight the best all the time. I’m expecting a great combat.”
Given the fact Bisping suffered a devastating knockout the last time he taunted a heavy-handed puncher (Dan Henderson) heading into a fight; it probably won’t be in his best interest to make things personal with the Phenom.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.