Before Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort share the Octagon at UFC on FX 7 just over 24-hours from now at the Ibirapuera Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the two middleweight championship competitors were forced to endure one final formality:
For mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, the weigh-ins are the last time they will see stand face-to-face (see the staredown pic here) with their opponent before sharing the Octagon. Some fighters are casual when stepping on the scale, others use the moment as one final opportunity to try and intimidate their opponent.
Just moments after successfully making weight, Belfort and Bisping appeared on the FUEL TV weigh-in show to share some finals thoughts on their highly emotional 185-pound match up with correspondent Heidi Androl less than 24-hours away from UFC on FX 7.
First, "The Phenom" talked about if Bisping's trash talk has effected him, what pointers he got from training with Rashad Evans, who beat Bisping by decision at UFC 78, and finally, what he expects from himself when he steps into the Octagon tomorrow night.
On if Bisping is in his head:
No, no. I think that in my soul I'm so ready, I'm just roaring I'm a lion, I'm not disrespecting him at all and today I got a message. This message was powerful. The lord Jesus declared that I am victor, and not a victim. That's important to know, that I'm victor and not a victim, so I'm ready for whatever he brings to the table."
On advice from training partner Rashad Evans, who beat Bisping:
"Not just Rashad, we had an awesome team, awesome train, awesome training, so, you know, Rashad is just a great partner and we always share knowledge. You know just, Michael Bisping evolved too much and I think he's a great opponent and it's going to be great. I'm looking for tough opponent, I don't pick fight, I just accept fights."
On what he expects for his performance:
"I'm expecting my best. That's the only thing I can offer, and that's the only thing you can expect is my best."
"The Count," who fights in enemy territory at UFC on FX 7, also spoke with Androl on the FUEL TV weigh-in broadcast, sharing his thoughts on the trash talk leading up to the fight, the broad analysis that a shorter fight favors Belfort while a longer fight favors him, and what he is doing in the last 24-hours as he readies for arguably the biggest fight of his career.
On trash talk leading up to the fight:
"I just speak my mind, I tell the truth and I have belief in myself. I think I'm going to win this fight, and I've been saying that."
On why he disagrees that a longer fight favors him:
"I don't necessarily disagree, Vitor's won most of his fights by first round KO or TKO, I don't think he's ever won a fight that's gone the distance so maybe there's some truth in that, but I'm ready to take him out in the first round or the fifth round, it doesn't really matter to me."
On his plans for the final night before the fight:
"Well, I'm going to drink a lot of fluid, the weight cut was not hard but it was a process. So I'm going to go relax and eat some food, put my feet up and look forward to tomorrow."
Just one more sleep until showtime, Maniacs!
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