Michael Bisping wanted to come down to the Ibirapuera Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, TONIGHT (Jan. 19, 2013), knockout his opponent in the main event, Vitor Belfort, and earn his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 185-pound title shot once and for all after two failed bids.
Not going to happen.
Belfort had every intention of ending the main event as quickly as possible with his fists because that is what he does best, while Bisping intended to weather the early storm and make it a five-round, 25-minute test of mixed martial arts (MMA) wills.
But, he forgot to watch those kicks.
Bisping came out pumping the jab as Belfort circled, waiting for his opening to pounce and explode. The feeling-out process lasted for a good 2.5 minutes before Belfort finally started to loosen up and sling leather, landing a few nice shots that didn't seem to faze "The Count."
However, a shin to the face toward the end of the round certainly did. Belfort tried to turn up the heat and do more damage, but Bisping retreated quickly, covered up and made it into his corner to see the second stanza.
Bisping emerged from his corner with a bloody nose, but he continued to mirror what he did in the first, pumping his jab and inching forward. However, Belfort timed it just right and uncorked a head kick that glanced off the side of his cranium and dropped the Brit to the canvas.
Belfort swarmed with punches in bunches and the fight was soon stopped, sending Bisping back to the end of the 185-pound line once again and triggering a new search to find the "Spider" a worthy opponent.