Belfort rolls back the years to end Bisping’s title dreams

by Ralph Welch | source: The Underground

Veteran Vitor Belfort delighted his countrymen in Sao Paulo by destroying the title dreams of middleweight rival Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7.

Bisping had entered the cage knowing that a win would guarantee him a title shot at the all-conquering Anderson Silva. The general consensus was that if he could survive the kinetic frenzy of Belfort’s early attacks then he could grind out a priceless victory.

In fact, the opening stanza was distinctly circumspect. Both men waited patiently for their opportunities, looking to conserve energy for the later rounds.

As expected, Bisping circled away from the destructive force of Belfort’s left hand, looking to dominate with the jab and make the Brazilian southpaw miss with sharp head movement.

It was a strategy that seemed to be successful until the final few seconds when Belfort unleashed a left high kick that rocked his foe and followed up with a fusillade of power shots that was ended only by the sound of the klaxon.

Given Belfort’s extraordinary statistic of never having won a fight that went past the first round in his 16-fight UFC tenure, Bisping would have started the second stanza with a measure of confidence.

However, that confidence was shattered within moments of the re-start. Once again, it was the left high-kick that did the damage.

With speed that belied his passing years, Belfort’s lethal limb crumpled Bisping to the floor and “the Phenom” finished the contest with trademark ferocity as the Englishman (23-5) lay prone on the mat.

Belfort’s stellar career progressed to 22-10 and afterwards – to the delight of the crowd – he took the surprising step of demanding a rematch with light-heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones.

“Tell that punk Chael Sonnen, get out,” roared an emotional Belfort. “Dana and Lorenzo, take him out. I want to fight Jon Jones. I need that rematch. Take that clown away. Go home”

Whether the UFC powerbrokers will grant the Brazilian his wish is debatable. But he’s not clowning around.

Vitor Belfort in the Octagon is still phenomenal.

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Michael "The Count" Bisping Vs. Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort
Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5)
Name Michael Bisping <a href=Michael Bisping" />
Height 6′ 1″ (185.42 cm)
Weight 184 (83.46 kg)
Record 23-4-0
Name Vitor Belfort <a href=Vitor Belfort" />
Height 6′ 0″ (182.88 cm)
Weight 185 (83.91 kg)
Record 21-10-0
Team Xtreme Couture
-Vitor Belfort defeated Michael Bisping by TKO (Ref Stoppage, 2nd Round, 1:27)


tags: Michael Bisping (detail)  Vitor Belfort (detail)  Anderson Silva (detail)  UFC on FX 7   video   


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yellow wrkahlc site profile image  

1/21/13 12:41 PM by yellow wrkahlc

Page 4, after the first round ended.

Lazer MMA site profile image  

1/21/13 12:38 PM by Lazer MMA

When was this posted by inf0 Yellow?

SQUEEZIE site profile image  

1/21/13 11:54 AM by SQUEEZIE

jds vs cain 2 wil probly look the same...o wait!

SQUEEZIE site profile image  

1/21/13 11:50 AM by SQUEEZIE

you mean like cain had nothing for jds?(because jds put him to sleep quick the first fight).Vitor and weidman can both beat andy.(not saying they win for sure but they def pose a threat more than anyone else in that class.victor just got caught the first fight,it happens... i cant believe most of you thot mikey had a chance in this fight tho.

sparkuri site profile image  

1/20/13 6:44 PM by sparkuri

Newjack great postVitor took out Bisping for Andy. And that front kick took away from an amazing fight. It's time for Spidey vs. Vitor II

MantainPain site profile image  

1/20/13 6:37 PM by MantainPain

Pretty much this.You don't see guys that age suddenly pull a 180 and look like that physically, unless he was slacking off in his previous camps.Lets be honest, does Vitor look like a slacker, especially when a title is on the line? Nope. So....I like the guy, whether he used PEDs or not makes no difference in how I feel.I just dislike it when other people are caught and get crucified for something the vast majority seemingly do.

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1/20/13 2:26 PM by newjack900

Awesome gameplan for Belfort and even better execution. I love how he has maintained his explosiveness after all these years of fighting at a high level. He needs to get the 205 talk out of his head. I'd love to see him fight Rockhold or Lombard (get Okami out of that fight). I think I might be the only 1 who still would love to see him have a rematch with Spider too. I think that front kick robbed us of a an incredible fight.

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1/20/13 1:52 PM by jerky66

ThisThis is what I said on another thread before the fight. If Bisping loses it is usually by getting knocked out. He does not do well against power punchers which is why I dont think he will ever have the belt.I become a Bisping fan though because he is a scrapper who always come for a brawl. He reminds me of one of those psycho soccer fans from that movie Green Street Hooligans.

Leigh site profile image  

1/20/13 1:17 PM by Leigh

What planet are you on when you think a head kick knock down and tko is the worst way a fight could end?"The main event ended by head kick and savage g'n'p!""Sounds shit, I wish it had gone to a 5 round decision"