In an exclusive interview with PVT, Wanderlei Silva said he sees Vitor Belfort having the advantage in the first two rounds vs. Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7 on Jan. 19, but he also believes that Bisping can dominate over the course of an extended fight.
"It is a very well-matched fight," said Silva. "I think Belfort has all the tools to knock out Bisping in a two-round fight. If it goes three to five rounds, I think Bisping swallows Vitor. One of the things about Vitor is that he is very fast – he lands a lot of blows in succession, so he may get tired. And the Englishman talks a lot, but he also trains a lot, so he will be prepared."
"Belfort gave only a sprint against Jones -- in the third round. That had to be given in the first round, then he would have won. He has to control the distance and try to win by knockout. But if the fight goes on, I think things will get better for Bisping."
Silva also discussed the fight between champion Jon Jones and challenger Chael Sonnnen for the UFC light heavyweight title on April 27.
"Whatever the boss [UFC President Dana White] says, I sign underneath. If he thinks this fight is fair, then I think he's absolutely right,” Silva said, laughing. “It was a fight I wanted to see... Jones will swallow Sonnen. I spoke with Jones and told him that he can win the fight only with jabs, with one hand tied behind his back. The only person who can beat Jones today is Anderson.”
"Jones talked to me about Anderson, but I cannot say what, obviously.".
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