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Michael Bisping confirmed for January clash with Vitor Belfort in Brazil

The rumored UFC show in Brazil this January is rumor no more, as the organization has confirmed the card along with providing a complete lineup for the upcoming event. Headlining things will be a bout between middleweights Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort, while other previously revealed match-ups like Ben Rothwell-Gabriel Gonzaga and Diego Nunes-Nike Lentz were also announced.

The venue for the January 19 effort remains up in the air. According to MMAJunkie the event will be tagged as UFC on FX 7.

Bisping could very well be in line for a title-shot with a win over Belfort after beating Brian Stann in September to notch his fifth victory in six attempts. Overall, “The Count” is 23-4 in his career with nineteen finishes to his credit and success against the likes of Chris Leben, Jason Miller, and Yoshihiro Akiyama.

Belfort is 2-0 in his last two middleweight appearances, though the 35-year old icon is coming off a loss to 205-pound champion Jon Jones. The 21-10 Brazilian will be fighting in front of his countrymen for the second time since the UFC’s recent return to the hotbed of MMA.

Read below for the full list of fights attached to the event:

Francisco Trinaldo vs. C.J. Keith
Roger Hollett vs. Wagner Prado
Iuri Alcantara vs. George Roop
Thiago Perpetuo vs. Michael Kuiper
Edson Barboza vs. Justin Dalas
Diego Nunes vs. Nik Lentz
Ronny Markes vs. Andrew Craig
Godofredo Castro vs. Milton Vieira
Thiago Tavares vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Ben Rothwell vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Daniel Sarafian vs. C.B. Dollaway
Michael Bisping vs. Vitor Belfort


  • MCM says:

    I got Bisping by TKO.

    Also glad to see Ronny Markes back in the cage. Where the hell has that guy been?

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Bisping should win unless it’s a title contention fight

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Pretty much a coin flip matchup…if it reaches the judges’ scorecards I think Bisping will be the victor, whereas a stoppage would come from Belfort.

    This would be the best win of Bisping’s career, both in terms of quality of opponent and title shot implications. But I think Vitor wins.

  • Its a fight that could go either way. Vitor hung in there alot longer with JBJ than most ancitipated, but Im not sure if that was a credit to Vitors heart or Jones just taking his time to put Vitor away. Bisping on the other hand has losses to Rashad, Chael(controversial at that) Wandy and Hendo which shows that it takes some top level skills to beat the count (let alone put him away as only an H bomb has done that). Vitor has insane power, but he also doesnt have the chin Hendo does, nor does he have the footwork of Rashad, or the wrestling of Chael. This is a good fight as The Count is very technical very fast and most importantly SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooOOO far better conditioned than Vitor that the comparison isnt even necessary. I agree with Rich except I think Bisping wears Vitor out making him unable to answer the bell in the third and gaining a TKO AND a shot at the title which he’ll ultimately lose.

  • Creature says:

    I stick with my earlier statement, I think this is a bad match up for Bisping. Vitor is just as technical on the feet, has more speed and much more power. And has decent enough TDD and BJJ to shake off any significant offensive wrestling from Bisping.

    Vitor by 1st or 2nd round tko.


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