UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping took place tonight in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and in the main event Vitor Belfort took on Michael Bisping in a middleweight bout. The packed house at the Ibirapuera Arena cheered “The Phenom” on as he was able to stop “The Count” in the second round with strikes.
In the first round, both fighters spent the better part of the round feeling each other out. Bisping was finding his range with jabs and walking him down. Belfort was able to land some offense, mainly leg- and body-kicks, but the round was a lot of each measuring the other up. After getting Bisping’s attention with a late body-kick, Belfort went upstairs and caught Bisping in the head, sending him to the mat. Belfort followed up with strikes, but the round ended before he could do any significant damage.
Belfort came out in the second round with much more confidence, but Bisping was still focused and coming forward with jabs. Once again, Belfort landed a low-kick followed by a blow to Bisping’s body. Once again, he fired away with a head-kick, dropping Bisping before eventually finishing him from sidemount. Belfort secured the win just over a minute in the second round.
In the post-fight speech, Belfort said that he wanted the UFC to call off the title shot between champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen because Sonnen didn’t deserve it. While there is a high probability that that won’t happen, Belfort certainly moved up the ranks in the middleweight division by beating a top contender.
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