The unsportsmanlike actions of Michael Bisping at UFC 127 during/after his bout with Jorge Rivera resonated strongly with a number of people both in attendance and watching at home. It appears one of those individuals happened to be a former promotional champ known for his knockout power among other things.
Vitor Belfort took to his Twitter account Sunday night and expressed his interest in acting as Bisping’s next opponent saying he was on his way to Las Vegas and looking forward to facing “The Count” in May.
“I’d really like to fight Bisping,” the Brazilian striker wrote on his page of the potential showdown.
While no specific event was mentioned and nothing has been made official the only May 2011 PPV is UFC 130 over Memorial Day weekend. However, the main card already appears to be full including a headlining title-bout between Frank Edgar and Gray Maynard as well as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Matt Hamill and Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson. Perhaps a more likely possibility, UFC 131 is set for June 4 and seemingly has a bit more flexibility with only a few significant pairings in place thus far.
If “The Phenom” and Bisping do indeed battle this summer they will enter the Octagon with an equal number of knockouts to their credit at thirteen. Belfort’s overall record is 19-9 with notable wins over Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva while the Brit’s is 20-3 including victories over Yoshishiro Akiyama and Chris Leben.
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