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Michael Bisping not guaranteed title-shot with win over Vitor Belfort

Michael BispingFor the past few months UFC middleweight Michael Bisping has been attempting to talk his way into a title-shot despite only having a single win since his most recent stumble. Still, the 33-year old Brit has been making a convincing case, especially when considering his decision loss to Chael Sonnen could have gone either way.

While Bisping is positioned to add a ton of substance to his claim at top contendership when he battles Vitor Belfort in January, it sounds like a convincing win against the seasoned Brazilian still may not be enough to score “The Count” a clash with champion Anderson Silva.

“If Bisping wins, Bisping will probably get that next shot. If not, we’ll see what happens,” said UFC President Dana White at the post-event press conference for the Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, leaving the door slightly open for options other than Bisping.

Bisping holds an overall record of 23-4 and has beaten a number of notable adversaries including Jason Miller, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and most recently Brian Stann. Standing in his way of aspirations for divisional gold, other than Belfort, are other game contenders such as Alan Belcher, Tim Boetsch, and Chris Weidman, as well as the notion Silva has expressed interest in sitting out for an extended period of time.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    ‘If Bisping wins, Bisping will probably get that next shot.” That sounds like he almost is guaranteed the next shot right?

    Anyways, if they do come out and say its for number 1 contender, Bisping will lose.

  • Creature says:

    I think bisping is going to take a beating as long as Vitor doesnt get injured. I see Belfort being faster and hitting Bisping much harder while being just as technical. Bad match up for the Brit if you ask me.

  • darth_irritable says:

    Creeature, I tend to agree, but if Bisping can backpedal enough during round 1, he’ll probably take a decision after Vitor gases in round 2. It all depends on how effectively he moves in that first round.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    If bisping can take the first shot to the back of the head he should win.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Hector Lombard said he willing and able if Belfort gets hurt to fill in. He wants to beat Bisping and take his spot on the ladder.

  • MCM says:

    I’d say Bisping is far more technical than Vitor. I think Bisping weathers the early onslaught, by simply stepping to the left, and finishes Vitor in the 2nd or 3rd. Unless he gets careless, this should be an easy fight for the Cunt. (sp)

  • Rece Rock says:

    I see what you did there… 😉


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