To the surprise of few, Bisping talked a ton of smack about Belfort leading up to their bout. After all, with some of his past actions and use of TRT, Belfort is a target prime for picking on…outside of the Octagon, that is. Bisping failed to push Belfort as planned and had his chin tested long before his foe’s cardio was submitted to any exams. The finishing sequence came in the second stanza, stemming from a headkick and ensuing strikes. Once again, Bisping’s hopes of contendership were dashed while the 36-year old Belfort reminded fans he is still one of the best 185ers in the sport.
The UFC invaded Brazil this year with full force after some past forays into the fight-friendly country, scheduling a slew of shows including next week’s lineup for UFC Fight Night 29. With a November stop in the South American hub also set for November, it doesn’t appear the organization will be slowing things down anytime soon either. However, instead of focusing on either future event, let’s look back at some of the other excellent offerings delivered inside the Octagon with a Brazilian backdrop since the calendar turned to 2013. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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