Michael Bisping Blows Up at Being Called ‘Hooligan,’ Should Not Underestimate Vitor Belfort

By Al Stover
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Tom Szczerbowski-US Presswire

It seems like whenever someone insults UFC middleweight Michael “The Count” Bisping, whether it is serious or not, the British fighter seems to get worked up and releases a rage that would have King Leonidas telling him to calm down.

Bisping, who faces Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort on Jan. 19, did not take kindly to Belfort’s words during a press conference. “The Ultimate Fighter 3” winner said he had respected Belfort until he was told that the Brazilian had called him a “hooligan.”

What had started out as respect turned into Bisping calling the Phenom a “cheater.” Bisping said that Belfort later sent him a text message that said he did not mean to insult the British fighter and that it was a jest. The Count replied that Belfort could stick the text message where the sun does not shine.

This is not a new thing for Bisping. Whether it Is an opponent like Jorge Rivera making a video and singing “Bisping is a #*$#” or another fighter like Joseph Benavidez saying he hits harder than the Count, Bisping has a knack for blowing his top at even the smallest insult.

However Bisping should not lose focus because of Belfort’s jest. The Phenom is known for having fast hands, knockout power and a good grappling game. The Count should also refrain from calling Belfort a cheater, as I seem to recall Bisping had used an illegal knee to Rivera’s head during their back at UFC 127.

If Bisping is not careful, he might find himself once again on the wrong side of a highlight reel.



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