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Belfort vs. Bisping: The Phenom Will Make the Count Pay for Comments

DELRAY BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Vitor Belfort conducts a workout at the Jaco Hybrid Training Center on September 17, 2012 in Delray Beach, Florida. Belfort will fight Jon Jones on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 18, 2013

Leading up to Saturday's clash at UFC on FX 7, Michael Bisping laid down some comments incendiary enough to make any opponent boil.

The 33-year-old Brit, referencing Vitor Belfort's alleged use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy, said, via ESPN.co.uk:

Have his testicles shrunk? I think so. Does he have a penis? He is a penis. But just because he is a penis, it doesn't mean he has a penis!

UFC trash-talking at its finest, ladies and gentlemen.

Bisping is quite confident for not having a signature win in his career. That's just the kind of blind confidence that stands to doom him against the experienced 35-year-old Brazilian.

While Belfort lost via submission to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in September, he was perhaps Jones' greatest challenge throughout his illustrious career. Belfort has won seven of his last nine fights, only losing to Jones and Anderson Silva along the way. In his last four wins, he's defeated his opponents via knockout in the first round.

If Bisping can extend the fight to the second or third round, perhaps he has a shot at upsetting Belfort on Saturday. His exceptional conditioning will then kick in against the veteran and perhaps give him a chance to wear him down.

But we all know that's easier said than done. Belfort's striking ability is extremely dangerous, and many of his prior opponents have learned that the hard way. He has also learned to be a bit more patient in the first round, waiting for his opportunity to attack before going in for the knockout. We saw that against Rich Franklin, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Anthony Johnson in his last three victories.

That has in turn made Belfort a better fighter, which isn't good news for Bisping, who needs this win to get a title shot against Silva.

Bisping has made careless, fundamental mistakes before, which has hurt him. Doing that against Belfort is a recipe for disaster. I think Belfort will find an opening and silence Bisping for good.

It's never a good idea to rile up a former UFC light heavyweight champion.


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