Michael Bisping feels he is very much in the hunt for the middleweight title and Vitor Belfort is looking to rebound after a loss to UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones. As a result, rumors recently ran rampant that the pair would be meeting in the Octagon. While it’s possible fans might eventually see the two tussle in the cage sometime, it doesn’t look like that day will come as soon as some are expecting.
Questions surrounding the scrap began after people peppered Bisping’s Twitter account with good luck messages, causing Bisping to ask where they’d heard about the bout before moving on to different topics.
Belfort was much more clear on the story of the fight, explaining, “”I don’t have anything confirmed about fighting Bisping. It’s all rumors. When I know about it will let you guys know.”
“The Phenom” has said in the past he would be open to battling Bisping, perhaps hoping his willingness to face Jones on short notice might give him some pull where pairings are concerned. Meanwhile, Bisping defeated Brian Stann at the same event as Belfort’s loss to Jones, but “The Count” has been rallying hard for either a shot at Anderson Silva’s belt, or a fight with the winner of Chris Weidman-Tim Boetsch.
For now, Bisping’s crack at Silva’s championship seems unlikely since the UFC is waiting to see how GSP performs against Carlos Condit in a few weeks at UFC 154, leaving the brash Brit technically available for any action the organization pegs him for.
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