UFC on FX 7: Michael Bisping calls Vitor Belfort 'the perfect tune-up' for Anderson Silva

Chris Trotman

Michael Bisping is going to 'warm up' for Anderson Silva with a test run against Vitor Belfort. Then again, NASA was going to warm up for the moon with a test run in Apollo 1.

How do you beat a southpaw? By beating a southpaw!

Duh.

UFC on FX 7 headliner Michael Bisping is getting himself ready for a potential 185-pound title fight against Anderson Silva, by tuning up his striking against another Brazilian southpaw in this Saturday night's (Jan. 19, 2013) main event at Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

"The Count" explains to ESPN.co.uk:

"The good thing is Vitor Belfort is the perfect warm-up for Anderson Silva. He's a southpaw, Anderson's a southpaw, and they're both incredible strikers. My skills against a southpaw have definitely improved a lot in this training camp. At the start of the camp I was struggling because things do change due to the stance. But now I'm over those problems. Fingers crossed I get the business done, and then I've had the perfect tune-up for Anderson Silva."

This almost feels like it needs one of those financial disclaimers about "forward-looking statements."

As it stands, Bisping is a +105 underdog heading into hostile territory and may need to put forth a dominant performance if he hopes to secure a future "Spider" fight. Even with his new 10-fight contract, Silva doesn't seem to be in any particular hurry to jump back inside the cage.

Anyone think a win earns "The Count" his golden ticket?

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