MMA fans and sites all over the world have been discussing the possibility of a matchup between top UFC fighters Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort. The possibility that the two men would meet in the co-main event for UFC 156 on January 19 in Brazil has been in discussion for several days now. However, both fighters have now stated that the possible bout is nothing but a rumor at this point.
Belfort and Bisping both discussed the possible matchup on their official Twitter accounts. Belfort stated, “I don’t have anything confirmed about fighting Bisping. It’s all rumors. When I know about it will let you guys know.” Bisping sounded even more confused; when a fan wished him luck against Belfort, Bisping responded, “Where you here [sic] that?”
The origins of the rumor regarding a fight between Bisping and Belfort might be traceable back to UFC lightweight Diego Sanchez. He posted on his Twitter account over a week ago, “(Belfort) you should fight (Bisping) for your next fight. Great style match up for you and could put you close to another crack (at) Anderson (Silva).” Apparently, the fans agree, but that does not mean the UFC matchmaker Joe Silva does as well.
Michael Bisping’s record in MMA competition currently stands at 23-4. He defeated Brian Stann by unanimous decision in his last bout at UFC 152 in September. Belfort holds a record of 21-10; his last fight was a fourth-round submission loss to light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, also at UFC 152.