Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping staredown pic from UFC on FX 7 photo shoot in Brazil

twitter.com/vitorbelfort

Vitor Belfort and Michael Bisping couldn't help but stare each other down at a recent photo shoot in Brazil, to help promote their upcoming UFC on FX 7 headliner on Jan. 19 in Sao Paulo.

Two of the world's top middleweight fighters will collide when Vitor Belfort takes on Michael Bisping in the five-round headliner for UFC on FX 7: "Belfort vs. Bisping" from the Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Jan. 19, 2013.

And "The Phenom" is tweeting recent pics of their close encounter.

Belfort (21-10) recently took a break from his middleweight duties to accept a short notice fight against reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones at UFC 152. Despite some early drama, in which the Brazilian locked on a ligament-straining armbar, the former division titleholder couldn't seal the deal and eventually tapped to a fourth-round Kimura.

The ensuing loss sent him back to 185 pounds, where he's currently riding a two-fight win streak.

That's one more than Bisping, who rebounded from a close decision loss to Chael Sonnen earlier this year to out-point Brian Stann at last month's "Jones vs. Belfort" event in Toronto. "The Count" has been knocking on the championship door his entire career and a win over Vitor might finally be the reason it opens.

Or slams shut for good in defeat.

UFC on FX 7 main event

Photo via twitter.com/vitorbelfort

Several other match ups have been announced for the upcoming fight card in Brazil, including C.B. Dollaway vs. Daniel Sarafian (middleweight), Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell (heavyweight) and Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Thiago Tavares (lightweight).

For the current UFC on FX 7 fight card and rumors click here. News, notes and other items of interest for "Belfort vs. Bisping" can be located here.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker