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UFC middleweight title hopes fading for Michael Bisping after by second round TKO defeat to Vitor Belfort

January 20th, 2013 Sports


Bipsing and Belfort


Knees up: Michael Bipsing and Vitor Belfort square off. 




Forget the title fight with Anderson Silva. The kick crumpled Bisping, already
bleeding from the nose, who had looked under pressure late in the opening
round.

The Brazilian moved with alacrity with the British fighter hurt, following up
with a flurry of punches to the head and torso on the ground.

Referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in quickly to stop the fight, at 1:27 minutes
into the second period.

It was the third time Bisping has been on the cusp of fighting Silva for the
UFC middleweight title. On three occasions – against Dan Henderson, Chael
Sonnen, and now Belfort – Bisping has been found wanting at the final hurdle.

Belfort immediately called out for another light-heavyweight title fight
against Jon Jones, against whom he lost last year. “Take that clown
[Chael Sonnen] away! Go home! Dana White, let me fight Jon Jones,” said
Belfort in the Octagon post-fight.

Sonnen, who is yet to fight at light-heavyweight in the UFC, will contest the
UFC light-heavyweight belt against champion and wunderkind Jones in April.

Belfort might yet get another contest with Silva, having been KO’d by his
compatriot in Las Vegas with one of the greatest kicks ever seen in the UFC
Octagon.

After a long feeling out process in the opening round, Belfort ended it
decisively catching Bisping with a head kick followed by burst of aggressive
punches and knees. The hooter sounded before Belfort could really capitalize
on the opening he’d created.

It was Belfort’s round in my book. Bisping, who had attempted to get under the
skin of Belfort through goading him in the week leading into the contest,
was contrite afterwards.

“It was a beautiful kick. He caught me. He was the better man tonight,”
he said after the fight. “You win some, you lose some. I’ll be back on
top of this pile before you f—— know it.”

The danger for Bisping, having gone 1-2 in his last three contests, is that he
could become a gatekeeper for the division. There appears to be an issue
with heavy hitters.

Another heavy puncher, Hector Lombard, is also hot on Bisping’s tail, and that
is a contest he may be faced with next.

Bisping did not impose himself in the opening round, or indeed, go for a
takedown. He may regret not pushing for it in the opening exchanges.

From the outside, Belfort, the old lion, looked like the champion in there,
and Bisping the challenger.

Belfort was cool, and looked to counter in the opening round, as Bisping used
his footwork to stick and move. He had some success with his jab, but the
left leg kick landing in the opening round was a signal of what was to
follow. For now – it’s title game over.

Full results: UFC on FX 7

Main Card
Vitor Belfort defeated Michael Bisping via second-round TKO
C.B. Dollaway def. Daniel Sarafian via split decision
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Ben Rothwell via submission (guillotine)
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Thiago Tavares via first-round TKO

Undercard
Godofredo Castro def. Milton Vieira via split decision
Ronny Markes def. Andrew Craig via unanimous decision
Nik Lentz def. Diego Nunes via unanimous decision
Edson Barboza def. Lucas Martins via TKO (strikes)
Yuri Alcantara vs. Pedro Nobre declared a no contest (punches to back of the
head)
Ildemar Alcantara def. Wagner Prado via submission (kneebar)
Francisco Trinaldo def. C.J. Keith via submission (arm triangle)