Though UFC middleweight Michael Bisping has a monumental task ahead of him in a month when he battles Vitor Belfort in Brazil at UFC on FX 7, “The Count” has his sights set on an eventual showdown with divisional champion Anderson Silva. Of course, Bisping isn’t making the mistake of overlooking an opponent like Belfort – he just wants the same thing every other fighter does.
Bisping spoke about Belfort, Silva, title-fights, and more in a recent interview with Inside MMA where he maintained a balance of both confidence and humility.
“I honestly believe that I would deserve it. In my mind, Vitor Belfort is the hardest fight in the middleweight division outside of Anderson Silva. My last fight was against Brian Stann. Before that, it was a controversial loss against Chael Sonnen. Before that, I hadn’t lost a fight since 2009. So if I beat Vitor, I think I definitely deserve a shot, I’m definitely the No. 1 contender and I’ll look forward to facing Anderson.”
“Vitor hits hard and he knocks people out. Brian Stann, my last fight – he hits hard, he hits fast and he knocks people out. That wasn’t a problem for me. This fight, I believe I’ve got more tools than Vitor. He’s got a great submission game, but I believe I can counter that and I’m not afraid of that. It’s funny how black belts go to white belts when you start punching them and elbowing them in the face. So he’s going to have to prepare for that. I’m going to fight hard, and I’m going to fight fast. Vitor’s good for the first minute, the first round, and after that, he tends to wear a little. This is a five-round fight, and I believe that’s better for me and I truly believe I can finish Vitor in his own backyard.”
“Anderson is, rightly so, regarded as the pound-for-pound best. What can I do? I’ve never gotten in with him – I don’t know. I believe in myself, I believe in my skills, I believe in my training, I believe in my ferocity as a fighter. I’ll get in there and I’ll fight him. I certainly ain’t going to fall down like some of these bums have done lately.”
The full interview can be seen below:
SOURCE: INSIDE MMA
PHOTO CREDIT: UFC