In the January 19 UFC on FX 7, British UFC star Michael Bisping went up against Brazilian legend, Vitor Belfort in hopes of getting closer to a title shot. Vitor landed more damage in the first round, even stunning him with a well-timed kick to the head. At that point, momentum was clearly in Vitor Belfort’s favor, but given the unpredictability of UFC fights, Bisping’s hopes for a title shot were still alive. That ended 1:27 into the second round, when Vitor connected with another head kick, this one sending Bisping down to the floor. A follow up of several vicious strikes by Belfort sealed the deal. Popular Brazilian fighter Vitor Belfort got the TKO in the second round, dashing Bisping’s chances of a title fight any time in the near future.
Bisping, known for his loud, outspoken behavior as a coach on the hit show, Ultimate Fighter 3, was surprisingly humble in his post-match commentary:
"It was a beautiful kick. He caught me. He was better than me tonight," Bisping said in a post-fight interview.
Since debuting on the original Ultimate Fighter, where he trained under Tito Ortiz in 2006, this is the closest Bisping has come to a title shot.
Official Site of Michael Bisping: Bisping.tv
Fight Profile of Vitor Belfort: http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Vitor-Belfort