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(Now that we’ve settled our differences, Michael, I’d like to tell you about a friend of mine)

By Elias Cepeda

If Michael Bisping’s trash-talking mouth didn’t write checks that his fists couldn’t cash so often it’s very likely he’d be known as a British MMA pioneer with incredible work ethic and who improved greatly over the course of his career. Instead, Bisping has done his darndest to mask his real accomplishments by playing up imagined ones.

He’s campaigned, with his mouth, for a title shot for years despite losing to every top-tier fighter he’s faced and being gifted wins over less than top-tier ones. Coming into Saturday’s fight against Vitor Belfort in Sao Paulo Brazil, UFC President Dana White said that Bisping would earn a title shot against Anderson Silva with a win.

At that point, Bisping had a one fight win “streak.” Before that win, a decision against Brian Stann last September that could have easily been scored instead for Stann, Bisping lost to Chael Sonnen – who’s twice been beaten by Silva. Not long before that, Bisping walked away with a win against Jorge Rivera in a fight that he should have, in fact, lost by disqualification for his blatant and repeated fouls. His break-out UFC fight was a ludicrously bad decision win over Matt Hamill.

Every time the UFC has pushed Bisping into a fight with a fighter he’d given no indication he should be in the ring with, he’s lost. He’s said it is his destiny to be a world champion and insulted almost everyone else in his division, yet Bisping has lost to every fighter that had been or would go on to be a world champion that he’s faced.

Rashad Evans, Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson and now, Vitor Belfort. Bisping’s win streak is back down to zero after getting TKO’d by Belfort in the second round of their main event Saturday.

Hopefully the talk of him getting a title shot any time soon has also been knocked out. Bisping is well-rounded, fights hard, always comes in shape and promotes fights loudly and well.

The first three traits are admirable but don’t separate the Brit from dozens of other fighters in the middleweight division. It is his name recognition and nation of origin, a country that the UFC is aggressively trying to make establish itself in, that have put Bisping in title contention.

That’s unfair to the fighters who win more often and against better fighters, guys like Chris Weidman. Bisping losing to yet another person that has been starched by division champion Anderson Silva should make it impossible for even the UFC’s fantastic promotion machine to sell the world on Bisping vs. Silva fight.

The Orange County transplant landed a number of nice jabs to the face of Belfort in the first round as the Brazilian measured him up. By the end of the first, however, “The Phenom” had figured out Bisping and stalked him until he landed a head kick flush and staggered “The Count.”

Bisping, with his excellent conditioning, managed to surive the first round. Belfort came right back with another left head kick early in the second, though, and put Bisping down for good.

Post fight, Bisping exhibited the type of humility and class that he never shows leading up to fights. “Congrats to Vitor,” Bisping said afterward. “I have no excuses. I had a great training camp. He’s the better man than me tonight.”

The win was the first time Belfort has won a UFC fight that went longer than five minutes, and he showed that he’s still got some life left in his remarkable career.

Belfort is not, however, a very good trash talker. He’s a horrible one, actually. At the pre-event press conference last Thursday he shouted out, “I’m mad!” convincing no one that he was, in fact, angry.

After beating Bisping Saturday, Belfort put on the ill-fitting smack talker hat and called out light heavyweight Jon Jones, who submitted him this past summer.

“Tell that punk Chael Sonnen, get out,” Belfort said, referring to the two-time title contender that is coaching the next season of TUF opposite Jones and then fighting the champ in April. “Take him out. I want to fight Jon Jones. I need that rematch. Take that clown away. Go home.”

Sure, Sonnen has a hard-earned reputation of being a clown, on the mic and in the ring with shrill screams and submission denials, but Belfort calling out the much larger, younger, quicker champion who just made him say uncle is a bit…well, Bisping or Sonnen-like. Nontheless, Belfort is likely happy with his $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus.

C.B. Dollaway and Daniel Sarafian earned $50,000 each for their Fight of the Night as well. Dollaway walked away with the split-decision win.

Ildemar Alcantara made his UFC debut extra sweet with a rare knee-bar submission win over Wagner Prado, earning Submission of the Night honors and a bonus check.

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intercept440- January 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm
what some of you cock jockeys tend to forget is that the fighters testosterone has to be within normal levels before the fight in order to keep that win... if vitor's levels were above normal.....then ya he would have to be considered JUICED so to speak.... if there in normal levels ... then he's fine.. end of story..
boomer- January 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm
these clowns don't know shit, sayin this was the first win for Vitor over 5 minutes. thats the equivalent of claiming Bisping met his first loss on Saturday! fuck Ben Goldstein
ktronics- January 21, 2013 at 10:41 am
Another Cepeda article replete with editing errors. Were you too lazy to look up Belfort's wiki page? Holy shit dude welcome to the internet try something called the GOOGLE. God I miss old dad. Shit I would even take Mike Russel over this clown.

Clyde- January 21, 2013 at 9:56 am
Once again it appears my dream of seeing Bisping clowned by Silva is dashed. Come on Anderson, fight him at Franklinweight or go do a new years show in Japan, pretty please.

I'm not arguing that he deserves a title shot, I'm just arguing he deserves to be really humbled.
teep- January 20, 2013 at 5:27 pm
AMEN! I agree with Cepeda on this one! No more talk about title shots for Bisping!
Thumblaster- January 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm
I'm with you penn . Strong work palikero.
Pen Fifteen- January 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm
And thumblaster, it's not like I'm defending TRT users either; I think that shit is a joke, especially when guys as young as Todd Duffee are on it, or ex-champs like Rampage and Frank Mir. There is no peer-reviewed science behind these claims of weight-cutting causing testosterone deficiency (read some of the laughable shit Randy Couture has said about his use of "natural" testosterone supplementation, which any MD will tell you is impossible), so it's without a doubt one of the biggest lies going at the moment. But it would be nice to see people not cherry-picking who gets a free pass versus who is dogged as a cheater or juicer.
Palikero- January 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm
"The win was the first time Belfort has won a fight that went longer than five minutes,"--E Cepeda

Belfort wins over five minutes:

vs Martin 7/19/08 8:12
vs Zikic 9/22/07 15:00
vs Rea 12/3/05 6:30
vs Herring 5/27/01 20:00
vs Matsui 8/27/00 20:00
vs Yvel 6/4/00 20:00
boomer- January 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm
this proves these phonies on this website don't know shit! their journalists not MMA fans! fuck Ben Goldstein
Thumblaster- January 20, 2013 at 1:38 pm
Penn you're right , I do have an issue with TRT and I know chael and hendo applied for that a long time ago. I was'nt trying to prop up chael as much as I was trying to bring down armstrong that fucker and alot of guys go way beyond TRT but your point has been made.
Amjur- January 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm
Agree with Dizzy. I concede that Bisping is overrated and coddled, but the Stann fight wasn't even close.
Pen Fifteen- January 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm
So where is all the TRT hate for Dan Henderson every time his old ass outscraps a young buck? People do realize the dude has been on that shit for at least 5 years.

And thumblaster you do realize that Chael is also on TRT right, and he made that accusation of Armstrong before he admitted his TRT use publicly, right? I mean talk about the fucking pot calling the kettle.
Knacker- January 20, 2013 at 1:16 pm
A win for Belfort is a win for TRT
Come on fighters, get juiced up and win that Junky Title!
Thumblaster- January 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm
Guy's who have been in the game for 15 years usually lose something, either speed, power, or their beard ,belfort has lost none of these things, sounds alot like barry bonds ,clemons and lance armstrong the latter of those three called out quite possibly correctly by chael for giving himself cancer.belfort does'nt pass the eye test he looks juiced.
boomer- January 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm
Vitor has won multiple fights that have gone past 5 minutes you turds. do some homework before you embarrass yourself again. btw Ben Goldstein is a faggot!
Get Off Me- January 20, 2013 at 11:36 am
Nice read. I find there is a developing double standard with TRT, for some fighters it seems to be a focal point and for others it is a passing thought(Belfort/Sonnen). I would really like to see Belfort/Sonnen one day though.
Dizzylittlelord- January 20, 2013 at 11:35 am
i get that you guys dont like bisping but seriously the stann fight wasnt even close on the score cards, out wrestled and out boxed the entire fight and just hit with one big shot.

bisping is a big name and wont get any easy fights, i think tim boetch would be a great fight for him
danomite- January 20, 2013 at 10:40 am
I dislike Bisping as much as the next guy, but let's not gloss over the fact that Belfort was (legally) juiced to the gills for this fight. Your article makes no mention of the fact that Vitor was more jacked in this fight than when he first fought in the UFC, back when he was on the good stuff.
fightfan- January 20, 2013 at 10:20 am
Very nicely written. If Bisping was from the US, he'd of fought harder opponents from the start. He'd have to beat 4 or 5 top fighters in a row to be even considered for a title shot. Yet he has had 2 undeseving title elimtors in his last 3 fights. Its so unfair to all other MWs. I hope now the UFC finally realizes they milked him for everything they could and that he is NOT championship caliber. Sure he is a hard working and good fighter. But there are a dozen others with equal or better skills in the MW division that get overlooked because they are not from the UK
cman- January 20, 2013 at 9:37 am
I say again, Bisping losing to a 'chicken leg' head kick is AWESOME.
winterstick83- January 20, 2013 at 9:34 am
Pep is correct. But it has been like 4 years and I don't understand how that is a bad thing. That means he finishes fights! You cannot satisfy the media though. You win quickly repeatedly then you obv cannot handle a deep battle. If you win a lot of decisions you cannot finish anyone. What a joke
SethF- January 20, 2013 at 10:28 am
Who said it's a bad thing?
Nintendong- January 20, 2013 at 9:32 am
Let's wait for the post fight tests to find out how much juice Belfort was on.
Pen Fifteen- January 20, 2013 at 9:22 am
Did you mean this was the first time Vitor has won a fight in the UFC that lasted more than 5 minutes? Because the dude has indeed won a handful of decisions, not to mention a smattering of second and third round finishes, in other promotions.
Elias- January 20, 2013 at 9:14 pm
Yeah, it was a typo and has been corrected. I accidentally omitted "UFC" in the copy. Thanks for pointing it out.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- January 20, 2013 at 9:15 am
Jesus talk is the best trolling ever.
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