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Sonnen beat Bisping, so Bisping beats Belfort. But what's missing from this equation? It's "X," which says Sonnen (hypothetically) beats Belfort. Welcome to the world according to Chael.
That includes last year's bout against Michael Bisping, a hotly-contested unanimous decision win that left Sonnen with a better understanding of what "The Count" has to offer Vitor Belfort in this Saturday night's (Jan. 19, 2012) main event on UFC on FX 7 in Brazil.
"The American Gangster" breaks it all down for Tatame.com:
"This is a fight well matched. Bisping is the favorite. He has more ways to win, he is a much better kickboxer and has more weapons to win. He also can win in any round or win by points. Vitor has only five minutes during which he is the most dangerous guy, but after that, it's not the same animal. I tease and make jokes about Vitor all the time because someone needs to show what a fraud and scam this guy is, but everyone also knows he is one of the most dangerous fighters in the world. In the end, I would beat Vitor Belfort up and Bisping was one of the most difficult fights of my life. So, consequently, Bisping defeats Belfort."
A win for Bisping likely elevates him to a title fight against reigning division kingpin Anderson Silva.
That's assuming Sonnen's calculations are correct, though we've never seen "The Phenom" throw down against the "Ultimate Fighter" coach, so whether or not we can predict a definitive outcome is difficult to say. Then again, in mathematics, we have the law of total probability.
Sonnen beats Belfort ___ out of 10 times. Or does it even matter?