Main Event Breakdown:
Vitor Belfort takes on Michael Bisping with big implications riding on this fight for Bisping. For Bisping, if he wins he is next in line to fight Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight belt. A fight that he has been longing for, and is due for in my opinion. For Belfort, a win would not only derail Bisping’s title chances, but in front of the home crowd, would be a special moment. Overall, this is a really interesting fight because both men are so well rounded. Belfort’s strengths though are his quick powerful hands, and ability to pressure and swarm his opponents. Belfort is also dangerous on the ground, whether it his sweeps, or quick submission attempts ala Jon Jones. Bisping is more technical in his approach, and could be said to be a point fighter. He is not going to overwhelm you with strikes, but he will frustrate you with his jab. Bisping will also throw in some takedowns, and his ground game is underrated. I think the longer this fight goes though, Bisping is more likelier to win. Belfort’s gas tank is nearly as good as Bisping’s, and that is why I think Bisping will finish him at some point in the fourth round. Belfort’s best chance to win this fight is to pressure, and attack early. Bisping will keep his distance, stay on the outside, and his jab will keep Belfort from getting into the pocket. I think we are for a fun one though, and if it does hit the ground, neither man is a slouch. Like I said though, I predict Bisping will win by TKO/KO in the 4th round.