With an entire crowd cheering his name in Brazil, Vitor Belfort came out with a calm, cool and collected strategy to counter Michael Bisping’s attack, and then come back with his own firepower.
Bisping criticized Belfort for weeks leading up to the fight about his inability to finish outside of the first couple of rounds because he’s a historically fast starter, but fades in the later rounds.
Instead of proving Bisping right by coming out with a blistering attack, Belfort was controlled and precise when he unleashed his attack.
With the seconds ticking away on round one, Belfort launched a head kick that clipped Bisping, and woke up the former Ultimate Fighter winner. It didn’t wake him up enough unfortunately because that same move would be his undoing in round two.
As the second five minute session got underway, Belfort again was composed and like a snake coiled and waiting for the right moment to strike, when he did it was deadly.
Belfort uncorked a left high kick that clocked Bisping on the side of the head, sending him crashing to the mat. The Brazilian followed him to the canvas and continued his attack until the referee saw enough and stopped the fight.
Belfort gets a huge win after stepping up at UFC 152 to face light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, and now moves back up the rankings at 185lbs.
There never seemed to be much interested in Belfort getting another shot at middleweight king Anderson Silva, and he obviously was paying attention to that because in an odd turn of events his post fight speech was aimed at Chael Sonnen, and a plea to earn a rematch with Jones.
“Take that punk Chael Sonnen out, Dana, Lorenzo, get him out, let me fight Jon Jones. Get that clown away, get out, let me fight the real champion,” Belfort screamed to the Brazilian crowd.
The bizarre call out of Jon Jones came from nowhere, but regardless Vitor Belfort can celebrate tonight because he earns a big win with a knockout in the main event of UFC on FX 7.
As for Michael Bisping, it’s always the bridesmaid, never the bride because he missed out on another potential shot at the title. Gracious in defeat, Bisping gave Belfort his due for a great performance.
“I’ve got no excuses, I had an amazing training camp, I felt fantastic, I felt very confident I was going to win this fight. It was a beautiful kick, it caught me,” said Bisping.
“He’s a better man than me tonight, congratulations Vitor.”