UFC middleweight Michael Bisping has come close to title-shots before but never managed to seal the deal. The 23-4 Brit looked to change that tonight at UFC on FX 7 when he battled beloved veteran Vitor Belfort in the main event, setting the stage for either a showdown with champion Anderson Silva or another disappointing effort on the cusp of top contendership.
In the end, Bisping’s dreams were crushed once again after Belfort landed a head-kick in the second round that sent “The Count” to the canvas. Belfort quickly sprung on top, delivering additional strikes to earn the referee’s interference. The finish marked his fifteenth TKO in 22 total victories.
Also scheduled to scrap in Sao Paolo, heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga-Ben Rothwell will lock horns, while TUF Brasil stand-out Daniel Sarafian is set to duke it out with TUF finalist C.B. Dollaway. Gonzaga recaptured the same form he showed years ago, submitting Rothwell in the second stanza, while their middleweight counterparts turned in a Fight of the Night-level performance with back and forth action ultimately resulting in Dollaway scoring the Split Decision win.
Outcomes from UFC on FX 7 can be found below:
Francisco Trinaldo def. C.J. Keith via Submission Round 2 (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Ildemar Alcantara def. Wagner Prado via Submission Round 2 (Kneebar)
Yuri Alcantara vs. Pedro Nobre (No Contest – Nobre unable to continue after shots to the back of his head)
Edson Barboza def. Lucas Martins via Submission Round 1 (Strikes)
Nik Lentz def. Diego Nunes via Unanimous Decision
Ronny Markes def. Andrew Craig via Unanimous Decision
Godofredo Castro def. Milton Vieira via Split Decision
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Thiago Tavares via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Ben Rothwell via Submission Round 2 (Guillotine Choke)
C.B. Dollaway def. Daniel Sarafian via Split Decision
Vitor Belfort def. Michael Bisping via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
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